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Undergraduate Course: Jurisprudence (LAWS08129)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe course studies law as an institutional normative order within a philosophical and sociological context. Firstly it asks how law is to be seen as a system. What does it mean to say that the law is normative and does that presuppose a particular standard of behaviour? How does law and morality relate to each other, and what does this mean for the administration of justice, both in courts and the law making process? Secondly it looks at concepts within the law such as property, contract, responsibility and critically analyses them within a philosophical and sociological context, with special emphasis on theories from law and economics, Marxist and feminist legal critiques. Students will learn how jurisprudential theories both explain and influence legal practice, in particular in ethically controversial situations.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Legal Reasoning and Legal System (LAWS08106) OR
Students MUST have passed: Scottish Legal System (LAWS08128)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis course is only open to visiting students coming through a direct exchange with the School of Law (including Erasmus students on a Law-specific Exchange). Exchange students outside of Law and independent study abroad students are not eligible to enrol in this course, with no exceptions. Students must have passed Scottish Legal System (LAWS08128).
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  269
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 5, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 70 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 30 %, Coursework 70 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Take home exam - 70% - the deadline for this exam must precede the unseen exam which must take place on the afternoon of the same day.

Unseen exam 30% (1 hour)- this must be taken in the afternoon (2.30pm if possible) of the hand-in date for the take-home examination.
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)1:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)1:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Knowledge and Sources of Law:
  2. The students will be introduced to some of the classic writings in the philosophy of law, together with texts from the most contemporary jurisprudential debates.
  3. Students will reflect on how key legal concepts and ideas are shaped by historical, societal, economic and ethical considerations.
  4. Key concepts such as (legal) personhood, the role of contracts and free markets in modern societies, property and crimes against person and property will be analysed from economic, sociological, psychological, ethical and legal-theoretical perspectives.
  5. As several of the theorists come from outside the Scottish legal system, and are influenced in their thinking by their domestic legal system, students will at the same time be exposed to the similarities and differences that some other legal systems display in conceptualising and thinking about these core concepts.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will develop research skill to locate jurisprudential material across a variety of media, from traditional books and journals to a variety of digital resources, including academic blogs, newsgroups and discussion lists, social media and wikis. They will learn to use a variety of technological tools to communicate abstract ideas concisely, and contributing in this way to their own digital resources, e.g. through sharing of links through social media like Delicious, as part of a tutorial exercise. They will learn to form rational opinions in emotionally charged debates where diametrically opposed ethical commitments clash, form their own solution and learn to support it with intersubjectively valid arguments.
KeywordsJurisprudence Ord
Course organiserDr Claudio Michelon
Course secretaryMr Ryan McGuire
Tel: (0131 6)50 2399
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