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Research Theme Philosophy of Law

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeFIL341
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian or English
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ECTS Credits

10

Level of Study

Master

Teaching semester

Spring or Autumn

Place of Instruction

Bergen

Objectives and Content

Philosophy of law is a discipline within practical philosophy, and it has an inter-disciplinary nature. Its purpose is to investigate the legal theory and practice. This makes the discipline part of the jurisprudence, and separates it from other philosophical disciplines such as political philosophy or ethics; on the other hand, its philosophical method makes it part of philosophy, and separates it from other jurisprudential disciplines. It examines law from an external perspective, and unlike legal sociology or legal history, it does so from a normative and analytical perspective instead of a more descriptive perspective. The course addresses issues that are central to the philosophy of law, such as violations and foundations of law and its relation to morality, as well as specific issues of (international) law such as the legitimacy of political institutions, the limits of national sovereignty, or the doctrine of just war.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge:

After completing the course, the student should have:

- an understanding of central concepts, principles and traditions within the philosophy of law

- a deeper understanding of key issues within legal philosophy

Skills:

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

- understand and critically evaluate the most important traditions, theories, principles and arguments both in professional literature and in public discussions

- convey, in an analytical and structured way, the main features of the most important traditions, theories, principles and arguments within the discipline, as well as in public contexts

- reflect on the relevance of the most important traditions, theories, principles and arguments to understanding today's political and legal debates

Competence:

After completing the course, the student should have competence to:

- find and identify central literature within the philosophy of law

- convey knowledge of this literature and its perspective on current political and legal issues to both academic as well as public audiences

- test the potential of central positions (principles and arguments) to solve relevant political and legal problems

The course provides the basis for further studies e.g., a bachelor's degree with specialization in philosophy. In combination with other subjects, it can be part of an education that qualifies for teaching philosophy in secondary school or higher education. The course can also be used as an aid to deepen basic questions in connection with the study of other subjects.

Required Previous Knowledge

Bachelor's degree with 90 ECTS. Specialization in philosophy or equivalent.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Good English skills are essential, since one must expect that a lot of the syllabus is in English.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

FIL341 overlaps with FIL241.

Access to the Course

Bachelor's degree with 90 ECTS. Specialization in philosophy or equivalent.

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching takes the form of lectures and / or seminars.

If fewer than four students are registered, the number of lectures may be reduced. The individual students will be offered individual teaching.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

An approval of mandatory work requirements is valid for three semesters including the semester in which the approval is first given.

Submission of draft papers before individual supervision.

Individual supervisions by the course lecturer.

Forms of Assessment

A supervised essay of between 4000 and 6000 words (not including content list, literature list, etc.) The topic of the assignment must be approved by the subject teacher beforehand. The assignment will be delivered digitally and will be graded at the end of the semester.

The exam is arranged quarterly.

The compulsory work requirements must be approved before the examination can be taken in the course.

Compulsory work requirements must be approved in the semester in which the course is offered in order for a student to be able to register for an exam in a semester without attending the course.

Grading Scale

Grading scale from A til F.

Assessment Semester

Autumn / Spring

The compulsory work requirements must be approved before the examination can be taken in the course.

Reading List

The list of literature is made available on uib.no June 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation

The course is evaluated at regular intervals.

Programme Committee

The teaching committee for the professional study in philosophy.

Course Coordinator

The teaching committee for the professional study in philosophy.

Course Administrator

Department of Philosophy

Contact

Contact Information

Institutt for filosofi og førstesemesterstudier

E-post: studierettleiar@fof.uib.no