840115 :Imagining Justice: Introduction to Law and Humanities


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: Team Taught Plenary Lectures and Workshops for Small Groups (Collegerooster)
Tentamenvorm: Written exam (Tentamenrooster)
Studielast:6 ECTS credits
Inschrijving:Inschrijven via Blackboard voor aanvang colleges
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dr.mr. M.T.J. Bot

dr. D.J.M.S. Janssens (coordinator)

Doel van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

After completing the course “Introduction to Law and Humanities”, the student is able:

1. To interpret major works at the intersection of law and the humanities (i.e.: Sophocles’ Antigone; Plato’s Apology of Socrates and Crito, Aristotle’s Politics, Justinian’s Digest; T. Hobbes's Leviathan, I. Kant’s "On Perpetual Peace"; H. Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism; J. Bentham's "Panopticon Letters", M. Foucault's "Panopticism", J. Murungi's "The Question of an African Jurisprudence" and a number of legal texts (e.g., treaties, cases);

2. To discuss the general themes and questions raised by these works (the human and the non-human/inhuman; human and natural/divine law; natural law, legal positivism and interactionism/legal realism; civil disobedience; the good life; the public and the private sphere; slavery and personhood; ancient and modern democracy; cosmopolitanism and international law; the Western legal tradition and the emergence of the legal order of the European Union; legal pluralism; morality and law; power relations);

3. To compare and to combine the different ways in which law and the humanities approach these themes;

4. To apply these diverging approaches to historical and contemporary cases (e.g., the desecration of corpses; burial rituals; civil disobedience; slavery and exploitation; authoritarianism; capitalism, art and subversion …);

5. To interpret major primary (see 1) and secondary sources in law and humanities.

Inhoud van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

The main objective of this course is to provide first year students of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Bachelor with an introduction to two of the five major programs offered in this bachelor: Law in Europe and Humanities: European History and Culture. In these two major programs a number of academic disciplines are taught, often in an interdisciplinary way: law, social sciences, history, philosophy, religious studies, literary and cultural studies.

Obviously, it is impossible to provide systematic introductions into the basics of all of these academic disciplines separately in one course. Therefore, we will take an integrated and indirect approach. The course will focus on a small number of canonical works in literature and philosophy that address core questions in the fields of law and the humanities. These classical texts come from various historical eras and will be discussed in the context of their time, but also explored for contemporary meanings. In addition, we'll discuss a number of legal texts (treaties, cases) related to the classical works. A subsidiary objective of the course is to teach students how to read and interpret classical works and legal texts, and how to engage in meaningful discussion about their contemporary relevance.

Bijzonderheden (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

Please note: This course is for Liberal Arts and Sciences students only!

Verplichte literatuur

  1. To be announced

Aanbevolen literatuur

  1. To be announced

Vereiste voorkennis

Curiosity, pen and paper

Verplicht voor

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences ( 2016, 2017 )
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Business and Management ( 2016, 2017 )
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Cognitive Neuroscience ( 2016, 2017 )
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Humanities: European History and Culture ( 2016, 2017 )
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Law in Europe ( 2016, 2017 )
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Social Sciences ( 2016, 2017 )