LAW40920 Principles of Jurisprudence

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module examines legal thought over the past two millennia of human history. Jurisprudence is a broad subject that explores what law is and what purpose it serves. This module will examine the works of persons from differing schools of thought on the subject of law and specific issues that concern law. This course is not limited to the examination of works produced in the twentieth and early twenty first centuries. Reflections on law from the ancient, medieval and early modern periods may also be examined. Jurisprudence is a required subject to become a barrister-at-law in Ireland.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the module students should be able to; outline and assess the theories put forward by major legal thinkers; identify important issues relating to the nature and function of law; analyse theories on specific jurisprudential themes; identify common ground and differences between different schools of thought on the subject of law and key issues related to law.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Seminar (or Webinar)


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Students are taught in lectures and 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
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: 3,000 word Assignment Week 8 n/a Graded No


Examination: End of Trimester examination 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Mon 13:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 13:00 - 13:50
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - 22, 24, 26, 29 Thurs 16:00 - 17:50