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LAW131   Introduction to Comparative Law   (10 credits)

Year Running: 2018/2019
Credit level: F4
Additional Information   Only available to law students


This module seeks to introduce students to comparative law. It will address the aims of comparative law and the concept of legal families. The module will cover major civilian and common law legal traditions such as the Germanic legal family, the Romanistic legal family and the Common law tradition. Moreover, the module will look at mixed legal systems. Particular regard will be paid to the civil-common law divide. The syllabus will give students an insight into how legal systems other than that of England and Wales work. Moreover, it will be discussed to what extent it is proper to talk about 'legal families'.


Reading List

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Teaching Methods

Delivery Type Hours
Independent 76.6
Seminar 22.0

Methods of assessment

Assessment Type Duration % of formal assessment Semester
Exam 1.5 100 % S2

Teaching methods and assessment displayed on this page are indicative for 2020-21. Details will be available from the academic department.