Law In The Roman World LAW4084

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Law
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces the fundamentals of Roman law and the Roman legal system, including sources and transmission of the law, and Roman litigation


There will be 10 x 2-hour seminars spread throughout semester 1.

Requirements of Entry

Admission to Honours in the LLB.

Excluded Courses





  One 4,000-word essay selected from given topics

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aims of the course are to:

1. Provide a thorough understanding of the lawmaking organs of ancient Rome.

2. Provide an overview of the transmission of legal materials from ancient Rome to the present day.

3. Develop the analytical and critical skills of students by detailed examination of original sources of law.

4. Develop research skills by requiring students to undertake a formative essay.

5. Develop the oral and presentational skills of students by requiring students to speak on one or more seminar questions.

6. Develop the students' general knowledge of ancient Rome.

7. Deepen appreciation of particular areas of contemporary law by holding out ancient law for comparison.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


1. Understand the fundamentals of the Roman legal system
Analyse Roman legal sources with due appreciation of their time and place.
Appreciate the significance of legal history in our understanding of modern law.
Construct a cogent and coherent written argument using historical and contemporary sources

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

  Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.