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LS402G: CIVIL LAW HONOURS (2022-2023)

Last modified: 31 Jul 2023 11:19

Course Overview

This course offers an introduction to study of the civil law tradition and may be taken by students with no prior knowledge of the subject.  The two seminars in the first part of the course examine the sources and literature through which the tradition has taken shape.  The two seminars in the second part examine selected topics from the law of property, and the two seminars in the third part selected topics from the law of obligations.  In each part some attention is paid to the relationship between Scots law and the civil law tradition.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 25 credits (12.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor John Ford

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

  • One of Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5
  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Either Law (LS) or Bachelor Of Laws With International Exchange (With Honours)

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

Course Aims: the course aims to introduce students to the literature and methods of study of the civil law tradition. Topics have been chosen to give students a sense of the character of the civil law as a crucial component in the development of law in Europe and beyond.  By the end of the course students should have an understanding of the nature of the civil law tradition and its development, and experience of dealing with sources and texts.

Main Learning Outcomes: Subject-Specific Skills and Concepts  By the end of the course students should have: (a) an understanding of the character of the civil law; (b) experience of dealing with sources and texts; (c) an awareness of the nature of historical debate and legal historiography; (d) an ability to carry out individual research in relation to the civil law, including an ability to locate and evaluate relevant source material.  By the end of the course students should also have inter alia the following generic skills: (a) an ability to deconstruct legal texts from a historical and theoretical perspective; (b) an ability to apply an analytical methodology to legal sources, as well as a generally developed analytic ability; (c) an ability to find, read and analyse a variety of legal materials; (d) an ability to communicate clearly and cogently complex ideas and arguments, both orally and in writing; (e) an ability to work effectively as a group and as individuals; (f) an ability to extract, analyse and apply information from a variety of sources.  Knowledge and Understanding  This subject is studied throughout the world because it has had a major effect on the formation of modern legal systems.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 9 - 10, 13 - 14, 17 - 18

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

3 x 2,000 word essays - all equal weighting (100%)



Resit failed elements in same format.

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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