20 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This module seeks to introduce students to comparative law. It will introduce students to the comparative method of legal research and question the role, function and value of comparative research. A study will be made of the major civilian and common law legal traditions. This will be undertaken both to give students an insight into how other legal systems work and to question the extent to which it is proper to talk about 'legal families'. This will lead on to a comparison between the civil and common law approaches to law. Case studies will be used to demonstrate a comparative approach to legal studies.

Restrictions on availability: Only available to law students

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam
WebCT resources are available for this module

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