Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW2074: Jurisprudence I: Theories of the Nature of law

This module descriptor refers to the 2013/4 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (0 weeks), term 2 (11 weeks) and term 3 (0 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Simon Honeyball (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


The module introduces you with some experience of studying law, to an examination of theories about the nature, purpose and authority of law.

It will introduce you to philosophical enquiry and techniques, including the basics of logic, philosophical terminology and approaches to definitions of concepts.

You will develop techniques of independent thought and analysis, and apply them to the major schools in legal philosophy, particularly positivism, realism and natural law theory, as well as particular ideas such as justice, rights and legal adjudication.

You will also engage in methods of study dissimilar to those of other legal disciplines.

You will be encouraged to reflect upon the significance of moral, political and philosophical ideas to their doctrinal legal studies.

The module is suitable for students studying law as well as those who wish to place the study of law within another discipline. As such, no there are no law pre-requisites.

Module created


Last revised

April 2012