Core Module Information
Module title: Law & Society

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: LAW09106
Module leader: Peter Mullin
School The Business School
Subject area group: Law

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

This module draws on a range of philosophical, sociological, political, ethical and juristic writings as a context in which to explore themes arising or selectively developed from among other a critical reassessment of key aspects of H. L. A Hart's theory of law as a foundation for the most recent debates. The teaching introduces students to a range of theories in the same categories of subject matter, to the strengths and weaknesses of these theories and to their application to a range of practical and topical issues. Theories covered include natural law theories, positive law theories, legal realisms, historical, ideological, anthropological and sociological approaches, critical legal theory. A survey of moral theories is made and a range of deontological, utilitarian and relativistic theories are evaluated. Practical topics include justice, the justification of punishment, the interpretation of rights, the extremities of life, feminism, law as a system of power, coercion and a vehicle of oppression, freedom, liberty and licence, the business of and optimum extent of government.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Analyse a range of juristic, philosophical, political, moral and sociological theories and writings;
LO2: Evaluate the purposes, strengths and weaknesses of the above theories and in particular evaluate key aspects of HLA Hart's theory of law in the light of the above theories and a range of relevant juristic writings;
LO3: Develop the skills of critically reflecting upon the nature, purposes and functions of law including comparing and critically evaluating the above mentioned categories of theory that place law in its social and cultural context;
LO4: Demonstrate an integrated knowledge and understanding of the nature of law in its social and cultural context;
LO5: Practise comparing and critically evaluating the above mentioned categories of theory and apply powers of analysis, argument, explanation and critical evaluation specifically to certain given practical and topical issues, and generally to the relationship which exists or ought to exist between law and society.
LO6: Develop the confidence and self-esteem to work effectively and research independently in planning and undertaking a complex task within an allotted time, carrying out research using library and internet resources, leading to a written assignment.

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