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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.
|Second Sub Session
|15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
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.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
Feedback within 3 weeks. Essay mark is carried forward to resit.
There are no assessments for this course.
|ILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.