Philosophy of Law (LAWS5154)

UNIT OF STUDY

This unit of study will introduce the fundamental notions of jurisprudence understood as a theory about the aims, functions and values of law and legal system. It will aim to provide students with the critical understanding of the central issues in philosophy of law understood as a general, abstract, normative reflection on law as such rather than an examination of a concrete legal system. Nevertheless, the purpose will be to provide students with the conceptual means allowing them to conduct a critical scrutiny of particular legal systems and legal rules with which they are familiar. The course will consider, in particular (1) the notions of legitimacy, validity and authority of law; (2) the idea of rights and the nature of the rights discourse; (3) the justifications and limits of liberty rights; (4) the concept of justice, as applied to law, (5) the sources and limits of our obligation to obey the law, etc.

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Classes

Sydney stream: 2x2hr seminars/wk for 10 weeks. Berlin stream: taught intensively at Humboldt university over five full days from 17 - 23 July 2014.

Assessment

Class participation, including short reaction notes about class readings (40%) and 5000wd take-home exam (2 questions, 3 days) (60%). tbc.

Faculty/department permission required?

No

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Prohibitions

LAWS3454, LAWS3459

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