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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL2061: Philosophy of Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

 Positivism v Natural Law Theory (e.g. Hart, Dworkin, Raz, Finnis, Fuller)

Legal Realism, Critical Legal Studies and Critical Race Theory

Legal Reasoning and Judicial Interpretation

Theories of Punishment (e.g. retributivism, deterrentism, abolitionism)

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity22Weekly 2-hour lectures/seminars or 1 hour lecture + 1 hour seminar
Guided Independent Study40Assigned readings associated with each tutorial
Guided Independent Study88Preparation of Assigned Essays

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).