Postgraduate course

Legal Philosophy

ECTS Credits

10 ECTS Credits

Level of Study



Full time

Teaching semester


Combines successfully with JUS273-2-C.

Place of Instruction

Bergen Law Faculty

Objectives and Content

The course gives an introduction to international legal philosophy. The course provides basic knowledge about some of the most dominant positions such as legal positivism and legal realism. It also gives an insight into current international discourse about the character and objectives of law as a functioning element of a modern democratic society founded on the rule of law. Different views on adjudication are discussed throughout the whole course.

Learning Outcomes

Based on the course the student should be able to

- discuss central positions in international discourse of legal philosophy and relate the authors whose texts are the basis of the course to each other.

- distinguish and compare the differences between dominant positions in international discourse of legal philosophy

- analyse and evaluate the foundations of these dominant positions.

- identify, discuss and state opinions about central questions in current international discourse, such as the question of the character and role of adjudication in a modern democratic society based on the rule of law.

Required Previous Knowledge


- Admission to a bachelor programme at UiB or another university/university college in Norway. Documentation: Confirmation from the institution.


- Bachelor degree or equivalent


- Applicants who do not fulfil the above mentioned requirements may apply for an individual assessment. The applicant¿s motivation to take the course and his/her previous work experience (including voluntary work etc.) are factors that will be taken into consideration in the assessment. Documentation: Letter of motivation and confirmation of work experience.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Good written and spoken English.

Access to the Course

The course is available for the following students:

  • Admitted to the integrated master programme in law
  • Admitted to the two-year master programme in law
  • Granted admission to elective courses at the Faculty of Law
  • Granted additional right to study following completed master degree in law at UiB
  • Exchange students at the Faculty of Law

The pre-requirements may still limit certain students' access to the course

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching


Compulsory Assignments and Attendance


Forms of Assessment

Four hour digital school exam.

Information about digital examination can be found here:


A - E for passed, F for failed.

Exams are held in teaching semesters only. Students who completed the exam in the teaching semester, but did not achieve a pass grade, or who due to Illness, pregnancy or other special circumstances were unable to sit the exam, are entitled to (re)sit the exam the following semester.

Exam language:

Question paper: English

Answer paper: English

Examination Support Material

Support materials allowed during exam:

See section 3-5 of the Supplementary Regulations for Studies at the Faculty of Law at the University of Bergen.


Special regulations about dictionaries: 

According to the Regulations for Studies, one dictionary is permitted support material during the examination. Bilingual dictionaries containing for example both Norwegian-English and English-Norwegian are considered as one dictionary.

Bilingual dictionaries to/from the same two languages - for example Norwegian-English/English-Norwegian - in two different volumes are also considered as one dictionary (irrespective of publisher or edition).

Dictionaries as described above cannot be combined with any other types of dictionaries.

Any kind of combination which makes up more than two physical volumes is forbidden.

In case a student has a special need for any other combination than the above mentioned, such combination has to be clarified with/approved by the course coordinator minimum two weeks before the exam. Students who have not been granted permission to have a special combination minimum two weeks before the exam will be subject to the usual regulations (Section 3-5) about examination support materials.

Grading Scale

A - E for passed, F for failed.

Subject Overlap

Combined with JUS354 this course generates no new credits.

Course Evaluation

According to administrative arrangements for evaluating courses at the Law Faculty

Course Coordinator

Associate Professor Knut Martin Tande.


Contact Information

Course teacher: Associate Professor Knut Martin Tande

Administrative contact: elective-courses@jurfa.uib.no

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    31.05.2018, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam