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Course Overview

This is a foundational course that introduces students to the two dominant legal traditions of the world - the civil law tradition and the common law tradition. The first half of the course provides an introduction to Comparative Law with a focus on the civil law tradition. The second part of the course is concerned with the common law tradition, whilst exploring also the differences between the Scots and English legal systems. In addition, the course examines the interaction between the civil law tradition and the common law tradition within the European Union.   

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 7.5 credits (3.75 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Andrew Simpson

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 2 or Programme Level 3

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

  • LS1522 Legal Method (Studied)
  • Either Law (LS) (Studied) or Legal Studies (Ma Honours) (LX) (Studied)
  • LS1025 Legal System (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course will explore the development and evolution of the civil law tradition, the skills and practices involved in comparative legal analysis, and compare examples of civil law, Scots and English law in respect of particular issues.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Poster (30%) and essay (70%)

Resit: 1 one-hour examination (75%) and the previous essay (25%) will be carried through

Formative Assessment

1. Individual presentations, which will take place throughout the course;
2. On a less formal basis, verbal feedback is given during tutorial discussions.


Oral feedback is given after the presentations.

Course Learning Outcomes


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