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Legal Philosophy

ECTS Credits

10 ECTS Credits

Level of Study

Master

Full-time/Part-time

Full time

Teaching semester

Spring

Objectives and Content

The course gives an introduction to international legal philosophy. The course provides basic knowledge about perspectives in legal philosophy on the character and objectives of law as a functioning element of a modern democratic society founded on the rule of law. It also gives an insight into central debates concerning the character and role of legal argumentation.

Learning Outcomes

Based on the course the student should be able to

- distinguish and discuss central positions in international discourse of legal philosophy.

compare and evaluate differences between such central positions in international discourse of legal philosophy

- identify, discuss and state opinions about the character and role of legal argumentation in a modern democratic society based on the rule of law.

Required Previous Knowledge

Three years of university studies

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Three years of law studies.

Good written and spoken English.

Access to the Course

  • 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

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Lectures.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

None.

Forms of Assessment

Four hour digital school exam.

Information about digital examination can be found here:

http://www.uib.no/en/education/87471/digital-examination.

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.

Assessment Semester

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.

Course Evaluation

According to administrative arrangements for evaluating courses at the Law Faculty

Course Coordinator

Professor Synne Sæther Mæhle.

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. Candidates must check their room allocation on Studentweb 3 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    Date
    02.06.2020, 09:00
    Duration
    4 hours
    Examination system
    Inspera
    Digital exam