Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW2090: Introduction to Jurisprudence

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Ms Jess Duggan-Larkin (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Developing a theoretical understanding about law; its nature, purpose and authority, will deepen your understanding of the core legal subjects which form the foundation of a law degree. Through a theoretical understanding you will be able assess some of the most significant disputes among judges and jurists about legal questions, such as what is the role of the judge in interpreting the law, can parliament really pass any law it chooses, and should law uphold morals?

This module introduces you to jurisprudence, the theory or philosophy of law. It particularly focuses on theoretical approaches to the nature, purpose and authority of law. You will develop an understanding of the major schools of jurisprudential thought, particularly positivism and natural law theory, as well as, theoretical approaches to ideas central to law, such as justice. This module will develop your skills of independent thought and analysis in the context of theoretical methods which are to some extent dissimilar to those of other legal disciplines.

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