Law

Legal Theory

Module code: M3115
Level 6
30 credits in autumn & spring teaching
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay, Unseen examination

This module will examine theoretical approaches to law and legal discourse. After an initial grounding in the history, relevance and contemporary significance of jurisprudence and legal theory, the module will explore in more detail doctrinal and philosopical approaches to the law, as well as more critical approaches such as feminism, socio-legal approaches, law and economics, law and literature and law and anthropology.

Particular theories will be considered in relation to relevant substantive areas of law. You will be given the opportunity to consider recent legal judgements from a critical perspective. Ultimately you will be asked to consider whether the way in which the law works is appropriate for contemporary issues in modern society.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a deep understanding the history, relevance and contemporary significance of jurisprudence and legal theory
  • Critically evaluate different doctrinal and philosophical approaches to law
  • Apply theoretical approaches to a substantive area of law
  • Engage in an evaluation of a recent legal judgement from a theoretical perspective