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Course Overview

This is a foundational course that introduces students to various different methodological approaches to comparative law. It also introduces students to the ways in which one such method can be used in practice to explain legal diversity. The first part of the course focuses on methodological debates, while the second half of the course uses one method – Sunde’s legal cultural model – to analyse differences and similarities between Scots law, English law, French law and German law.

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

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

  • LS1025 Legal System (Studied)
  • LS1522 Legal Method (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 2 or Programme Level 3
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Law (LS) (Studied) or Legal Studies (Ma Honours) (LX) (Studied)

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

The course will explore a range of methodological approaches to comparative law, including the analytical models developed by Zweigert and Kötz and Sunde. It will introduce students to the legal cultural model of analysis, which will be applied to English law, French law and German law. In the process, students will learn about major legal traditions, including the civilian and the common law traditions.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

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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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