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LAW3032 : Legal Theory (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Richard Mullender
  • Lecturer: Dr Joshua Jowitt
  • Owning School: Newcastle Law School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To provide an understanding of the leading schools of legal theory, and to appreciate their understanding within wider intellectual movements. To develop the particular theoretical, critical and interdisciplinary skills which are appropriate to legal study.

Outline Of Syllabus

1       Classical Jurisprudence: Natural Law, Positivism and Realism

2       Deconstruction

3       Hegelianism

4       Law and Literature 1: Interpretivism

5       Law and Literature 2: Law in Literature

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture301:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1164:00164:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The use of lecturing as the principle teaching method is justified in terms of providing an overarching narrative coherence to the course. It is necessary in order to secure the requisite knowledge base needed in order to underpin stated learning outcomes. Seminars are used in order to effect the development of a critical and contextual understanding of the various theories of law covered in the lectures. Private study is directed so as to supplement the development of seminar skill, to confirm the establishment of the basic knowledge base, and to concentrate research skills in particular areas of individual study.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M503,000
Written exercise2M503,000
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The course is assessed exclusively by essay. The form of assessment is justified in order to test the particular written and research skills stated. The use of essay assessment is designed to permit students to choose areas in which they wish to concentrate their research, and thereby maximise the benefit the concentration in the course upon the development of written and research skills.

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