Faculty of Law

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedNot offered in 2013


Topics include: common law - civil law: elementary comparisons; classification of legal systems; historical origins of the civil law; legal education and legal profession; constitutions; judicial organisation; sources of law; judicial methodology; criminal procedure; civil procedure.


Students who successfully complete this unit should:

  1. be sensitised to the existence of another major approach to law
  2. be familiar with the major characteristics of the continental European legal system
  3. acquire an understanding of the comparative method
  4. be able to evaluate and analyse their own legal systems from a new perspective.


Examination (2.5 hours writing time plus 30 minutes reading and noting): 100% OR Examination (1.25 hours writing time plus 30 minutes reading and noting): 50%
Research essay (4000 words): 50%

Contact hours

Three hours of lectures per week


LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104


LAW2100 or LAW2101 and LAW2102; LAW2200 or LAW2201 and LAW2202