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Law In The Roman World LAW4084

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Law
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

Most countries in the world owe some part of their law to the Romans. Key ideas developed by the Romans are part of our permanent inheritance: private and public law, ownership, personal rights, and most important, justice found in careful legal reasoning. In this course we discuss a selection of topics which show the Romans at their best: legal debates, legal process, and their highly developed law of sale. Wherever possible we study private documents, and discuss how those documents reveal the legal realities of Roman life.



Requirements of Entry

D pass in Roman Law of Property and Obligations at the first attempt.


  The cousework consists of an essay of no longer than 3,000 words on a subject selected by the student. The exam lasts for 3 hours; students are permitted to select three questions from a longer selection.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

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

To introduce students in the methods required for the advanced study of Roman law.
To give students the skills to read complex legal texts.
To impart an understanding of how Roman jurists reasoned.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the conclusion of the course, students will have a considerable understanding and appreciation of the selected areas of law. They will be able to use some of the printed resources commonly used in the advanced study of Roman law. They will be able to analyse new controversies by reasoning from familiar materials.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits