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LA116 - Introduction to Legal Theory

  • Module code: LA116
  • Module name: Introduction to Legal Theory
  • Department: Law School
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module addresses some fundamental questions about the nature of law in Western societies, and the impact of political, moral and social theories on ways of thinking about law. Questions such as: Is law essential to social order? Are there different kinds of law? Do judges make law? Is law merely an expression of political, racial or gender power? Should law be used to enforce morality in private affairs? Why do people obey law? Is there a legal duty to obey unjust laws? What is the relationship between law and social change? Are certain rights fundamental to a legal system?

Principal learning outcomes

The overall aim of the module is to encourage students to think about the underlying principles of the legal system; to see legal studies as part of a wider context of political and social thought and to relate theoretical and abstract knowledge to specific areas of legal knowledge.

Timetabled teaching activities

Term 2, half module

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Other essential notes

COMPULSORY 1st Year module for the LLB, LLB (European) and BA Law/Sociology Degree students

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: LA116-15)
A (Assessed work only) 3000 word essay 100%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year) visiting 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Undergraduate Law (3 year) (Qualifying Degree) (M105) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Law (4 year) (Qualifying Degree) (M106) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Law (Year Abroad) QD (M108) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Law (Part-time) (M109) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Law with French Law (Qualifying Degree) (M10A) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Law with German Law (Qualifying Degree) (M10C) - Year 1
  • BA in Law and Sociology (Qualifying Degree) (ML34) - Year 1
Optional Core
  • Undergraduate Law with Humanities (3 Year) (Qualifying Degree) (M111) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Law with Humanities (4 Year) (Qualifying Degree) (M113) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Law with Social Sciences (3 Year) (Qualifying Degree) (M115) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 1