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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW2090: Introduction to Jurisprudence

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

It is envisaged that the syllabus will include the following topics. Precise content and order may vary.


The Nature of Law

Historical approaches and natural law theories

Legal positivism and its critics

Analytical jurisprudence and the nature of rules


Law and Morals

Legality and legitimacy

Integrity and morality


Law and Justice

Concepts of justice: formal, substantive, distributive

Law and order and obedience to law


Introducing Critical and Alternative Approaches

Each year 4 such approaches will be introduced, they may include:  


Critical legal studies


Post modernism

Law and literature





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 Activities2211 x 2 hour Lectures (including introductory and revision sessions)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities4.53 x 1.5 hour Workshops
Guided Independent Study55Individual reading and lecture preparation
Guided independent study15Workshop preparation
Guided independent study42.5Summative assessment
Guided Independent Study 11Formative assessment

Online Resources

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