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LS2527: INTRODUCTION TO LEGAL THEORY (2020-2021)

Last modified: 03 Jul 2020 13:20


Course Overview

This course aims to provide student with an accessible introduction to some of the central themes of legal theory. The material will be organised around broad themes that will enable students to understand the basic concepts of legal theory. The themes include: the authority of law (including the obligation to obey the law, civil disobedience, the limits of law); the fundamental values of law (justice, rule of law); the theoretical foundations of legal reasoning (including deductive reasoning, the limits of rule-based decision-making, the institutional aspects of legal reasoning and the explanation of judicial decisions).

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 7.5 credits (3.75 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Tamas Gyorfi

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Either Law (LS) or Legal Studies (Ma Honours) (LX)
  • One of Programme Level 2 or Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The normativity of law and the obligation to obey the law; Law and morality; The theoretical foundations of legal reasoning; Theories of legal rights; Fundamental values of law (justice, rule of law, efficiency).


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 24 - 34, 24 - 34
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 26, 27, 27, 29, 30, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 34, 26, 27, 27, 29, 30, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 34

More Information about Week Numbers


Summative Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Feedback within 3 working weeks.  If students would like further feedback, they may contact the course co-ordinator to arrange an individual appointment.

Word Count 2000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Formative Assessment

Class Test

Assessment Type Formative Weighting
Assessment Weeks 33 Feedback Weeks 35

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Feedback

Automated feedback - specifying and explaining the correct answer - manual feedback.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Resit Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback Word Count 2000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

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