Postgraduate taught 

Law MRes

Advanced Legal Methods 2: Jurisprudence of Concepts LAW5146

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Law
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

The course introduces a 'jurisprudence of concepts' with the aim to analyse key concepts of law and explore their deployment in legal reasoning


Weekly 2-hour seminars

Excluded Courses





Assessment is by means of one 4,000 word essay due at the end of semester 2

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aim of the course is to engage students in an advanced (philosophical) analysis of key concepts of legal thought. More specifically, it aims

■ To explore the role of basic concepts of legal thought including: legal personality; legal standing; responsibility and liability; forms of adjudication; property, contract, delict and crime

■ To explore key debates over Legal Pluralism and Legal Monism in the context of Municipal Legal Systems and the International Legal Order

■ To analyse theories of legal reasoning 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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


■ Display familiarity with key legal concepts and their comparative understandings and uses

■ Display familiarity with key theories of legal reasoning

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Generic regulations apply.