Jurisprudence provides students with the opportunity to engage with legal philosophy, introducing key legal theorists who explore issues relating to law and morality, justice, structures of law, and different ways in which law may be approached. Students are encouraged to think about the purpose, role and critiques of law and the evolution of legal philosophy. The module examines:
- Ethical evaluation in law and theories about the relationship between law and morality (theories of natural law and theories of justice)
- Conceptual analysis of the inner structures of law and of legal concepts and arguments (legal positivism, including the British positivists, Dworkin, legal realism, and the pure theory)
- Fundamental critique of legal theory
- Theories about law and legal institutions seen as social phenomena (sociological approaches to law).