DESCRIPTION OF COURSE UNIT


1.

Code

Course unit title

Title of the degree programme

LLL17B000471

Philosophy of Law

Elective subject


2.

Name of lecturer(s)

Departament(s)

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Saulius Arlauskas

a. o: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jolanta Bieliauskaitė

Department of Philosophy of Law and Legal History


3.

Cycle of course unit

Level of course unit

Type of course unit

I

Not applicable

Optional


4.

Mode of delivery

Year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered

Language of instruction

Face-to-face

1 semester

Lithuanian


5.

Study requirements

Prerequisites:

Co-requisites:

Work placement(s):

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable


7.

Number of ECTS credits allocated

Student's workload

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours

6

162

34

128


8.

Purpose of the course unit

The aim of the subject of Philosophy of Law is to introduce students to different legal-philosophical interpretations and schools of legal philosophy, as well as reveal the role of philosophical insights and arguments in forming the concept of valid law and determining solutions of legal problems.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Teaching and learning methods

Assessment methods

To understand the place of philosophy of law within the system of legal studies and its influence to the solution of legal issues. To analyse the origin and content of human rights in terms of legal philosophy. To analyse and evaluate the different situations in terms of legal philosophy, to provide possible solutions of legal problems.

Methods based on seminar work.

Frontal oral examination. Individual oral examination. Concept maps. Test of theoretical knowledge. The control work. Different types of essays. Presentation. The overall picture. The folder method.

To use a variety of literature search techniques, learn how to select the appropriate information, to codify and convey it.

Individual work with recommended sources.

Different types of essays. Presentations. Term paper. Bachelor's thesis. The folder method. Tasks based on the analysis of legislation.

To explain the legal values and principles of law and their role in the legal discourse. To explain the relationship between law and morality, law and democracy, law and historical traditions.

Teamwork and learning through research, discussion and debate.

Self-evaluation. Peer assessment. Research work. Presentations. The folder method

To be able to discuss constructively and work in group.

Case analysis and study methods based on the reflection.

Verbal communication. Prasentations. Different types of essays. Tasks of solution of situations. Research work. The folder method. Case study

To understand the specifics of the methodology of philosophy of law, to be able to apply various research methods practically.

Case analysis and study methods based on the reflection.

Verbal communication. Prasentations. Different types of essays. Tasks of solution of situations. Research work. The folder method. Case study


9.

Course contens

Topics

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours and tasks

Tasks

1. The main philosophical concepts of law and their role in ensuring the legitimacy of legal rules 1.1. Moral definition of legitimacy of law standards in natural law 1.2. The democratic approbation of the legitimacy in the pozitivist-procedural concept of law 1.3. Virtue jurisprudence: the historical-hermeneutic interpretation of the law

6

8

14

40

Analysis of material of lectures and seminars

2. Positive free will as an expression of human nature and its fundamental right. The idea of the catalog of fundamental constitutional human rights

2

0

2

10

Analysis of material of lectures and seminars

3. Substantial foundations of private law: the main subjective private rights 3.1. The subsistence of a human in the factual natural social situation and the subjective right to life 3.2. Free will of the individual in the civil market situation and the basic material subjective rights 3.3. A will of a personality (the moral subject) in the moral situation and the basic subjective rights

4

4

8

39

Analysis of material of lectures and seminars

4. Substantial foundations of public law: the main subjective public rights 4.1. The right to security. Social and legal security 4.2. Social security and the right to well-being. The system of principles of social justice and socio-economic human rights 4.3. Legal security. The principles of legal justice and citizens’ right to legal justice

4

4

8

39

Analysis of material of lectures and seminars

Assessment

2

2

Examination (essay)

Overall

16

16

2

34

 

128

 


10.

Assessment strategy

Weighting percentage

Period or date of assessment

Assessment criteria

Tasks performance in seminars

50

10-8 points: actively participates in discussions, answers questions, formulates problems and questions, makes critical comments. 7-5 points: participates in discussions, answers questions. 4-0 points: almost does not participate in discussions or does not attend more than 1/4 of the seminars.

Essay

50

1) Originality, creativity and presentation of own approach; 2) The knowledge, understanding the scientific theories, ability to apply them in dealing with topical issues. 3) Ability to express the thoughts clearly, consistently and logically, to argument and summarize. 4) The level of academic language. 5) Ability to draw the text, to quote, overlook, paraphrase, create a list of bibliographic references.