Postgraduate Course: Law and the Enlightenment (LAWS11119)
|School||School of Law
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course examines legal theorising in the Scottish Enlightenment. In particular, through a reading of source material students will consider debates over Natural Law (reason, will or moral sense), over justice and utility, and over governement, society and history. Eighteenth-century debates over liberty, property, wealth and virtue will be assessed.
The writers considered include Hugo Grotius, Samuel Pufendorf, Viscount Stair, Frances Hutcheson, Lord Kames, David Hume, Adam Smith, Thomas Reid, Andrew Fletcher and John Millar.
By the end of the course students should be able to demonstrate:
(1) a critical knowledge and understanding of the main debates in Enlightenment legal theory;
(2) knowledge of the views of selected thinkers;
(3) the place of Scottish thinkers in the Enlightenment.
This will ensure that the main Learning Outcome will be Knowledge and Understanding, more specifically understanding of some of the main writers on law and justice during the Scottish Enlightenment, the relationship of their work to that of other writers, an understanding of the content of these works, and a grasp of some of the main debates about natural law, justice and history in the eighteenth-century, promoting reflection on thinking about history and law as well as philosophy and law
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Equivalent to Above
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||After the essay titles are given out, there will be a "feed-forward" event in which the students' approach to the topics will be analysed and discussed in a group.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- A critical knowledge and understanding of the main debates in Enlightenment legal theory;
- Critical detailed knowledge of relevant aspects of the views of selected thinkers
- The place of Scottish thinkers in the Enlightenment
|There is no preliminary reading for this course.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||This course will develop skills of analysis and the ability to read critically and closely, to evaluate, to debate and to discuss difficult and unfamiliar material in a group, as well as an ability to write cogently in addressing such material.
|Keywords||Justice,Enlightenment,Law,Scotland,Adam Smith,David Hume,Natural Law
|Course organiser||Prof John Cairns
Tel: (0131 6)50 2065
|Course secretary||Miss Bethan Walters
Tel: (0131 6)50 2386