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Theory of law with philosophy of law and history of law 15 credits

Allmän rättslära med rättshistoria och rättsfilosofi
First cycle, J0032N
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2020 Sp 1 - Spring 2021 Sp 4
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject group (SCB)
Law and Legal Studies
Main field of study

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and At least 60 credits in jurisprudence, of which at least 30 credit on an intermediate level or equivalent.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
The aim of the course is to provide in depth insights in legal theory and legal methodology, specifically relevant for the Swedish legal culture. The aim is also to train the student’s ability to critical examine and evaluate facts as well as train the student’s skills in oral and written legal analysis and argumentation.

Legal theory and techniques and encompassing study of general jurisprudence, methods for interpreting court cases and laws as well as a study of legal history and legal philosophy. The course encompass discussions on central legal concepts such as justice, rule of law, equality, etc. and the understanding that such concepts may be understood differently based on historical, philosophical and gender-based perspectives.

Instruction consists of lectures, assignments and seminars.

Written exam, essays and seminars.

Students must register for the courses themselves or contact ETS educational administration, not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

Christina Allard

Transition terms
The course J0032N is equal to IER362

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2020 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Nääv, M och Zamboni, M (red.) ”Juridisk metodlära”, Studentlitteratur. Senaste upplagan
Modéer, Kjell Å (2010) ”Historiska rättskällor i konflikt - En introduktion i rättshistoria”, Santerus förlag.
Modéer, Kjell Å (2009) ”Juristernas nära förflutna - Rättskulturer i förändring”, Santerus förlag.
Backman, Y., Gardelli, T., Gardelli, V., Persson, A. ”Vetenskapliga tankeverktyg”, Studentlitteratur. Senaste upplagan
Murphy, M.C. (2006 eller senare). ”Philosophy of Law: The fundamentals”, Blackwell.

Annat material, såsom artiklar, bok-kapitel och rättsfall, kan komma att läggas ut på kurshemsidan och ingår då i kursfordran.

Course offered by
Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0003Written examU G VG *7.50MandatoryA09
0007SeminarsU G#1.50MandatoryA16
0009Seminars written presentationU G#6.00MandatoryS20

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Department of Business Administration and Social Sciences 28 Feb 2007

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 14 Feb 2020