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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
SummaryThis course aims to deepen students┬┐ understanding of law (as a social phenomenon), and improve their argumentative skills, by addressing some theoretical questions about law. These include questions about the relationship between law and morality such as whether we have a moral duty to obey the law (and, if so, why) and whether we need to engage in moral reasoning to determine the content of the law (and, if so, in what ways)? They also typically include questions about the relationship between law and: (i) language (exploring theories of legal interpretation); and (ii) adjudication (including how judges should and, sociologically, how they do, decide cases)
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Scottish Legal System (LAWS08128) AND Critical Legal Thinking (LAWS08139)
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.
Pre-requisite: Scottish Legal System (LAWS08128). The Course Organiser may waive this pre-requisite if satisfied that the student in question has a sufficient level of understanding of relevant parts of this course.
Co-requisites: Critical Legal Thinking (LAWS08139)
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 16/09/2024
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 67 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Examination
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand and explain key legal theoretical issues, such as how law and morality relate to each other, how legal content is created by using language, and how disputes over the content of the law are (and should be) resolved.
  2. Form and articulate their own reasoned views on these issues, and justify their views through sound arguments
  3. Analyse and critically evaluate the positions on these key issues adopted by several well-known legal theorists, such as legal positivism, natural law theory, literalism and contextualism, legal formalism, and legal realism
  4. Demonstrate understanding of (and ability to apply) key philosophical methods used by legal theorists.
  5. Explain how different perspectives ┬┐ moral, linguistic, and sociological ┬┐ impact on our understanding of law
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and enquiry; personal and intellectual autonomy; personal effectiveness; and communication
KeywordsJurisprudence Ord
Course organiserDr Martin Kelly
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
Course secretaryMiss Lauren McCrory-Irving
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