Jurisprudence (Revision 1)
Delivery Mode: Individualized study online
Area of Study: Humanities
Prerequisite: None. But upper level undergraduate work in philosophy and/or legal studies is strongly recommended.
Precluded course: PHIL 482 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under 2 different disciplines—LGST 482. (PHIL 482 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for LGST 482)
PHIL 482 is not available for challenge.
Sample course pages (PDF)
Questions about this course? Contact the course professor: Dale Dewhurst.
PHIL 482: Jurisprudence. An examination of fundamental philosophy of law principles underlying the Canadian (common law) legal system, related traditional objections and contemporary critical theories: feminist, Aboriginal and other. Topics include developing a critical philosophical approach; defining law; morality v. law; theories of liberty, autonomy, rights, justice and equality; culture, nationalism and colonialism; the rule of law and civil disobedience; and the impact of formal adjudication v. alternative dispute resolution.
- Unit 1: The Nature of Jurisprudence
- Unit 2: Differences between Morality and Law
- Part I: Defining Law
Part II: Distinguishing Law and Morality
Part III: Four Main Approaches to Law
- Unit 3: Theories of Liberty and Autonomy
- Unit 4: Theories of Rights and Justice
- Unit 5: Law and Equality
- Unit 6: Culture versus Law, Nationalism and Colonialism
- Unit 7: The Rule of Law and Civil Disobedience
- Part I: The Rule of Law
Part II: Civil Disobedience
- Unit 8: Adjudication versus Mediation
- Unit 9: Conclusion
|Assignment 1: Written answers to one Study Question from each of Units 1–4.||15%|
|Assignment 2: Outline and short essay; the topic must be chosen from subjects in Units 1–5||20%|
|Assignment 3: Written answers to one Study Question from each of Units 5–8||15%|
|Assignment 4: A précis (a plan for the Assignment 5 long essay).||10%|
|Assignment 5: A long essay; the essay topic can be chosen from subjects in Units 1–8.||40%|
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Freedman, M.D.A. 2014. Lloyd’s Introduction to Jurisprudence (9th ed.). London: Sweet & Maxwell.
The course materials include an electronic version of the Study Guide and Student Manual (available in the Moodle course site) and a book of readings.
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 1, April 7, 2011.
Updated December 21 2016 by Student & Academic Services