Subject details

On successful completion of this subject you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the political, social, historical, philosophical, and economic context of law
  2. engage in identification, articulation and critical evaluation of legal theory and the implications for policy
  3. critically analyse and research complex problems relating to law and legal theory and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives
  4. demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal theory
  5. demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to justify and interpret theoretical propositions.
    • Introduction to Jurisprudence What is law?
    • Natural Law and Legal Positivism.
    • Contemporary Natural law.
    • Liberalism in the law.
    • Legal Science/law and economics.
    • Legal Realism/Critical Legal Studies.
    • Sociological Jurisprudence, sociology of law.
    • Postmodernism.
    • Feminist Jurisprudence.
    • Critical Race Theory.
    • Legal concepts and theories of justice.
    • Globalisation and world order.
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
    • Online materials

      • Printable format materials
    • Other materials

      • Audio

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this subject:

Special requirements

No special requirements

Jurisprudence is the study of the phenomenon of law. While it is primarily law’s self-understanding, it involves interdisciplinary study of law as well. The subject analyses and considers the implications of the different understandings and approaches.

The subject will introduce the student to the great thinkers and ideas about law. It provides a survey of their ideas and approaches and critical analysis of those ideas and approaches. It also provides in depth analysis of contemporary and popular ideas and critiques of law. As law is a global phenomenon the degree will examine thinkers and ideas from a variety of countries and eras.

At the conclusion of this subject, students will have developed a deeper, critical and more comprehensive appreciation of the nature of law and the legal system, as well as a better understanding of the role of law (and hence lawyers) in society. The subject will provide an opportunity for students to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills as well as communication skills through class/online activities, as well as learning and assessment tasks.

  • Policy Brief (20%)
  • Research Essay (40%)
  • Take home Exam (40%)

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