Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL2061: Philosophy of Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 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

Dr Shane Glackin (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Laws give us reasons for action; we should fasten our seatbelts because it is the law. But what sort of reasons are these? This course focusses on the classic debate in jurisprudence between those who think that law is intrinsically linked to justice – so that our reasons for obeying it are ultimately moral reasons – and those who deny this. We will examine questions about: what entitles law-makers to make law; what guides judges in reasoning about and applying it; and what makes those who break the law responsible for doing so, and justifies punishing them.

No previous experience of philosophy is necessary, and the course is suitable for students of Law, Criminology, or Politics.

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