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Law, Literature, Culture: Core Concepts (5)

Course
2024-2025

Admission requirements

Not applicable.

Description

This course offers a legal-philosophical introduction in core concepts within Law, Literature and Culture. For each seminar we will study and discuss literary, legal-theoretical and philosophical texts in relation to relevant legal cases and documents. This way you will get familiarized with basic ideas that underlie the theory and practice of law, as well as its intersection with works of art (literature, film and animation) from a ‘Law and (…)’ perspective.

The first five seminars are dedicated to legal-philosophical questions such as: What is law? Is it possible to define ‘justice’? What are the fundaments of modern law? How can law and state power be justified? What are the differences between judicial decision-making and trial by jury in relation to objectivity and prejudice?

In the sixth seminar, the interdisciplinary field of Law and Humanities is introduced. After you have critically reflected on core concepts in law and legal philosophy departing from works of art, we will focus on questions as: What is the relation between law and humanities? Are narratives and stories connected to law and if so, how? Do we need literature to (further) instigate and develop our moral judgement, and what does this entail for legal decision-making?

Course objectives

After completing this course students:

  • Are able to assess classic debates and core concepts in legal philosophy;

  • Are able to critically evaluate and reflect on core concepts in legal philosophy from works of art;

  • Are able to assess (at an elementary level) the scholarly debates in the field of Law and Humanities;

  • Have gained insight into the relation and relevance of art for the (theory and practice of) law;

  • Have gained an understanding about the representation of legal issues in the media, in literature and in culture at large;

  • Developed their ability to reflect on their knowledge in writing.

Timetable

The timetables are available through MyTimetable.

Mode of instruction

Seminar

Assessment method

Assessment

Examination (written examination with short open questions and essay questions)

Weighing

Examination 100%

Resit

Examination 100%

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

Literature (required and recommended) will be announced on Brightspace.

Registration

Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.
General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website

Registration À la carte education, Contract teaching and Exchange

  • Information for those interested in taking this course in context of À la carte education (without taking examinations), eg. about costs, registration and conditions.

  • Information for those interested in taking this course in context of Contract teaching (with taking examinations), eg. about costs, registration and conditions.

  • For the registration of exchange students contact Humanities International Office.

Contact

  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Arsenaal.

Remarks

Not applicable