Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2098: What is Law? Jurisprudence from Stone Tablets to Brain Imaging

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover the following topics in chronological order:


Divine and Natural Law

Legal Formalism  

Legal Realism  

The Concept of Law

Law’s Empire  

Jurisprudence and the Brain

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities2211 x 2 hour seminars
Guided Independent Study44Preparing for Seminar - Reading and Research
Guided Independent Study84Completing assessment tasks - Reading, Research and Writing

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).