840015 :Understanding Law


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: Seminars (Collegerooster)
Tentamenvorm: Portfolio (Tentamenrooster)
Studielast:6 ECTS credits
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P.M. Paiement (coördinator)

Doel van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

Students taking this course will learn to:

  • Describe the fundamental architecture of the three major fields of law (public, private, and criminal law), and distinguish between characteristics particular to either the common law or civil law traditions
  • Relate their understanding of these major fields of law to basic legal disputes or scenarios  
  • Explain the basic elements and theory of legal reasoning and apply them to the interpretation of case judgments and statutes
  • Identify and locate primary legal sources (i.e. statutes, case law), evaluate them using their understanding of legal reasoning, and compose case notes of their evaluation.   

Inhoud van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

This course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the architecture of the modern, European legal systems. In particular, students will explore the fundamental elements of public law (including constitutional and administrative law), private law (including contract, property, and tort law), as well as criminal law, and developing an understanding of the functions they fulfill in society. Students will also learn about how each of these areas of law interact with each other, overlap in certain instances, and at other times conflict with each other. In addition to these diverse fields of substantive law, students will also be introduced to fundamental elements of procedural law. Finally, this course also introduces students to the forms of reasoning specific to legal institutions. In doing so, students will become familiar with reading, assessing, and evluating both statutes and court judgments (case law), and composing case notes.

Ultimately, this course provides students with a general roadmap of European legal systems, as well as the skills and reasoning particular to legal professionals, so that they are prepared to explore the depths of particular areas of law in their future courses.  

Bijzonderheden (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

Students will be evaluated with weekly assignments (30%), a final assignment (30%), and a final written examination (40%).

Please note: For non-LAS students the number of places in this course is limited. For registration, please contact t.g.leesen@tilburguniversity.edu at least three weeks prior to the start of the course.

Verplichte literatuur

  1. Jaap Hage & Bram Akkermans (eds), Introduction to Law, Springer, 2014.
  2. Additional materials provided by lecturer

Vereiste voorkennis

Introduction to Law and Humanities (840069)

Verplicht voor

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Law in Europe ( 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 )