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LAW 2526 - Legal Theory

Career: Undergraduate Law
Units: 3
Term: 3510
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Restriction: Available to LLB, Bachelor of Criminology with Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Teaching (Middle) with Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) with Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Teaching with Bachelor of Arts only
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: No
Pre-Requisite: LAW 1501
Incompatible: LAW 2064
Assessment: Typically to include essay and class participation.

This course explores jurisprudence, which takes as its focus the philosophy and theory of law. It explores the answers that have been offered to two major questions: what is law, and what ought law to be. The major schools of thought in relation to the nature of law include natural law, analytic jurisprudence, legal positivism, historical jurisprudence, sociological jurisprudence, legal realism, critical legal studies, interpretivism, therapeutic jurisprudence, and general (global) jurisprudence. In relation to what law ought to be (normative jurisprudence), major schools of thought include virtue jurisprudence, deontology, utilitarianism, and the work of John Rawls.

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
3510 Mon 16/03/2015 Tue 31/03/2015 Fri 08/05/2015 Fri 12/06/2015

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
13620 LE01 115 65 5 Mar - 9 Apr Thursday 3pm - 6pm Lower Napier, LG29, Lecture Theatre
30 Apr - 4 Jun Thursday 3pm - 6pm Lower Napier, LG29, Lecture Theatre