Postgraduate Course: Traditions of Legal Inquiry (LAWS11122)
|School||School of Law
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Legal concepts change through time as a result of reflection on the appropriateness of conceptual structures to help regulate and shape the social world. That reflection is carried out in different forms and at a different pace by courts, legal doctrine and legal theorists. Theoretical reflection and historical research are, therefore, intertwined as complementary aspects of any investigation on the foundations of any given legal concept, including the concept of law. The idea of legal traditions of rational inquiry brings that connection between legal theory and legal history home.
The course aims at investigating precisely what a tradition of rational inquiry is and also at identifying paradigmatic examples of rational traditions of legal inquiry
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||Other requirements|| None
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| The course will help students develop:
(a) the ability to think law on a more abstract level in such a way as to help both legal interpretation of positive law and the criticism of positive law
(b) the ability to understand the interconnections between rationality and history in the particular context of a legal investigation
(c) skills of critical and contextual analysis of theoretical and historical texts
(d) written and oral skills, particularly in relation to building arguments about the best historical and theoretical interpretation of a particular text.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Legal Traditions,Legal History,Rational Tradition,Legal Theory
|Course organiser||Prof John Cairns
Tel: (0131 6)50 2065
|Course secretary||Ms Olivia Hayes
Tel: (0131 6)50 9588