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LA242 - Origins of English Law

  • Module code: LA242
  • Module name: Origins of English Law
  • Department: Law School
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The aims of the module are to identify and examine the historical, literary and imaginary sources of English law, and to consider their relevance to the development of the modern English state. The real and fictional origins of the “ancient constitution” are traced and their influence over the English legal institution assessed. A primary aim is to analyse the effect of classical philosophy, ancient mythology, Judaeo-Christianity and indigenous culture on the evolution of the English constitution. The extent to which foreign influences (in particular the Roman and continental legal tradition) were assimilated into English law is assessed and the effects on common law ideology analysed. The semiotics of law in general, and the role of symbols in the culture and community of English law in particular, are central features of the module: we consider the theory that the sign, rather than the text, is the principal means through which the constitution and the common law manifest their contents. Particular emphasis is placed on law as a creative art, and its representation in various aesthetic forms; most notably, theatre. The historical period covered ranges from the pre-Christian, classical era to the end of the seventeenth century.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module you should be able to: Demonstrate a scholarly understanding of current semiotic theories, relating to the representation of law and the legal institution; Identify, distinguish and analyse the historical, literary and imaginary sources of the images that represent the unwritten, ancient constitution; Consolidate complex constitutional and other source materials, and assess their relevance to the foundations of the modern English legal system; Situate natural law, divine law and other legal theories in the practical context of the emergent English state; Demonstrate transferable and cross-curricular skills, such as those of interpersonal communication and collaborative group-working; Appreciate and demonstrate the centrality of oral traditions, rhetorical sklls and dramatic ritual to the practice of English law; Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the ecclesiastical influences over English law and the legal profession, and assess the impact of this over the development of common law ideology; Appraise the distinctive contribution of complementary philosophies and customs (Judaeo-Christian, classical and Anglo-Saxon) to the emergence of a recognisable body of English law.

Timetabled teaching activities

1 term. Teaching will take the form of lectures and workshop seminars. Lectures take place in one two-hour session, once a week. Workshop seminars take place once a week

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/law/ug/store/modules/la242

Other essential notes

"Optional 2nd and 3rd year half-module for LLB and BA Law/Sociology students "

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: LA242-15)
A (Assessed work only) 6000 word Commonplace Book 100%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year) visiting 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional
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