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LS3527: JURISPRUDENCE (2021-2022)

Last modified: 16 Aug 2021 13:46

Course Overview

Jurisprudence is a course in legal theory. The course looks into the major theoretical traditions that shaped legal thinking in the 20th century: legal positivism, the natural law doctrine, legal realism, the economic analysis of law, etc. It is designed to help students develop a self-conscious and reflective attitude to some of the hotly contested issues of modern law, like the relationship between law and morality, or the ways in which legal education is related to the legal practice.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor Matyas Bodig

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

  • Law (LS)
  • One of Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (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 provides a historical overview of the developments that led to the emergence of the contemporary legal theoretical discourses. It focuses on two main themes: the different accounts of the normativity of law and the issue of legal pragmatism. The issue of normativity is used as a focal point to discuss the debates between Legal Positivism and the Natural Law Doctrine. The students will learn to understand the fundamental differences between those two perspectives, and to appreciate their theoretical and practical implications. The other main theme, pragmatism will be used to provide a deeper understanding of American Legal Realism, Process Jurisprudence, and the kind of pragmatism represented by the Economic Analysis of Law.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 26 - 35, 39
  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 26 - 35, 26 - 35, 39, 40

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

3000 word essay 40%

48 hours written exam 60%


Resit: resubmission of failed element

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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