GLB: Perspectives on Law

Provided by: Tilburg
Bachelor's degree (EQF level: 6)

After successfully completing this course, the student will:

Have a basic knowledge of methods of legal reasoning and argumentation
Have a basic knowledge of the methods of legal interpretation and of some scholarly views on them
Be able to use elementary methods of the art of rhetoric in constructing and de-constructing legal arguments
Be able to orientate themselves in various professional worlds of law, of either a national or transnational nature, by paying attention to how the various people who practice law use their professional language in order to shape and influence interaction
Be aware of alternative (non-Western, non-White, non-male etc) methods of legal reasoning
Be able to work together in small groups to achieve commonly-defined goals and to debate ideas

This course examines questions of law, legal thinking and of justice from a variety of perspectives.  It requires students to take a critical perspective to law. We look at those who enact law - legal professionals such as judges, law-makers, law professors and others - and at those who are acted upon by law i.e. law's subjects. The course examines the how and who of the construction of legal knowledge (e.g. what constitutes proper evidence in law; how does a happening become a legal fact), of legal identities and of legal borders. How do these various actors use legal reasoning and argumentation and to what end? How does the system of law function to open up possibilities for justice and how does it work to close them down? Whose justice does law ultimately serve? We ask these questions in a general way and in the context of globalisation. How, for example, are today's forces of globalisation using, seeking and impacting upon how law functions? Finally, we consider what role there is for today's global lawyer; put differently, how we should be a global lawyer?

  • Fall Semester 2022/23 (from to )

    Course start date 2022-09-01
    Course end date 2022-12-23
    Language English
    Credits 6 (ECTS)
    Grading scheme: Grades will be awarded on a 10 point scale where 6 is the passing grade