Postgraduate Course: Philosophy of Law MSc (PHIL11056)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will introduce students to a number of topics and questions in contemporary philosophy of law.
This course will introduce students to a number of topics and questions in contemporary philosophy of law. There will be particular emphasis on the ways in which philosophy of law overlaps and interacts with legal theory and with other branches of philosophy such as moral philosophy, political philosophy and epistemology. Topics to be covered in the course may include the normativity of the law, the relationship between law and morality, standards of legal proof, the presumption of innocence, the nature of legal precedent and of legal reasoning, the legal notion of evidence, legal rights and obligations and the ultimate aims of a legal system. The course may also include, in any given year, an examination of legal topics of particular contemporary interest, such as the use of 'cold hit' DNA evidence in the courtroom or the corroboration rule in Scots law.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One 2,500 word essay (100%)
Word limit: 2500 words maximum (excluding references)
||Students have the opportunity to submit a formative essay. The essay cannot be draft of the summative essay but it can be on the same topic.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate a detailed understanding of a selection of central theories and arguments from contemporary philosophy of law.
- critically assess and compare principal contemporary arguments and positions in the philosophy of law and to deploy these arguments for themselves.
- analyse complex arguments and concepts and apply these abilities to topics in the philosophy of law.
- write and discuss with greater clarity, rigour and structural transparency and develop appropriate research skills in philosophy.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Reading, understanding and critically engaging with complex texts; critical thinking; constructive oral engagement; essay writing.
|Course organiser||Dr Martin Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 3654
|Course secretary||Ms Becky Verdon
Tel: (0131 6)51 5002