LAW30180 Jurisprudence

Academic Year 2022/2023

Jurisprudence spans over two millennia of history of people thinking about what law is and what purpose it serves. It examines approaches to law in diverse societies as ancient Rome, medieval Europe, Victorian Britain, Soviet Russia, Nazi Germany and contemporary Ireland. The subject also embraces a number of specific themes such as theories on rights, the relationship between law and morals and theories on how judges make decisions. Jurisprudence encompasses a vast array of varied subject matter. It is not possible to cover all possible themes and theorists in the context of a single module. However, the course does aim at providing a useful and interesting sample. Jurisprudence is a required subject for becoming a barrister-at-law in Ireland.

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Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the module, students should be able to: identify important issues relating to the nature and function of law; critically assess the work of individual legal theorists; analyse theories on specific jurisprudential themes; hypothesise on the practical application of specific legal theories.

Indicative Module Content:

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Students are taught in lectures but also in dedicated seminars taught by the lecturer. Critical writing and reflective learning are important aspects of the module. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Jurisprudence (LAW37180)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Closed book written examination (2 hours) 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
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