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Philosophy of Law - LAWS5154

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. The Berlin course will include guest lectures by distinguished German legal scholars on jurisprudential traditions and controversies in Germany

Sydney 7x6hr seminars/wk for 7 weeks. Berlin: Taught intensively in Berlin from 19 - 25 July (tba).

Sydney: class presentation and 2000wd written report (20%), class participation (20%), final take-home exam (60%). Berlin: Pre-course 2000wd reaction note (20%), class participation (20%), 4000wd take-home exam (60%).

Additional information
This unit satisfies the Jurisprudence/Part 2 requirement of the LLB. Enrolment is by separate application to the Law School.


LAWS3459 or LAWS3454


Faculty: Sydney Law School

Intensive July

24 Jun 2019

Department/School: Law
Study Mode: Block mode
Census Date: 19 Jul 2019
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? Yes
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Prof Wojciech Sadurski
HECS Band: 3
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