PrF:SOC050 Legal Philosophy - Course Information

SOC050 Legal Philosophy

Faculty of Law
Autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
JUDr. Martin Hapla, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. JUDr. Tomáš Sobek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. JUDr. Tomáš Sobek, Ph.D.
Department of Legal Theory - Faculty of Law
Contact Person: doc. JUDr. Ing. Michal Radvan, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Legal Theory - Faculty of Law
Mon 24. 9. to Fri 21. 12. Wed 14:00–15:40 040
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 20 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 19/20, only registered: 0/20
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The objective of the course is to provide students with basic knowledge of legal philosophy and to develop their analytical and critical thinking. The course should provide a deeper understanding of the sense and functioning of law.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course, student should be able to: - summarize and describe the main issues of legal philosophy; - summarize arguments in support of the most important theories of legal philosophy (e.g. natural law theory and legal positivism); - clarify the various forms of relationship between law and morality and demonstrate them on specific issues; - apply the theoretical knowledge of legal philosophy to practical situations; - understand some of the problems of contemporary law in deeper theoretical contexts.
  • 1) Natural Law Theory; 2) Legal Positivism; 3) Brno Normativist School of Legal Theory; 4) Legal and Moral Obligations; 5) Law and Authority; 6) Social Contract Theory; 7) Legal and Moral Rights; 8) Justification of Human Rights; 9) Liberty and Tolerance (Devlin versus Hart); 10) Responsibility and Guilt; 11) Legal Philosophy and Punishment; 12) What is Justice?
  • GOLDING, Martin P. and William A. EDMUNDSON (eds.). The Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Law and Legal Theory. Malden: Blackwell Publishing, 2005, 355 p. ISBN 978-0-631-22831-8.
  • TEBBIT, Mark. Philosophy of Law. An Introduction. New York: Routledge, 2005, 249 p. ISBN 0-415-33440-3.
  • COLEMAN, Jules and Scott SHAPIRO (eds.). The Oxford Handbook of Jurisprudence & Philosophy of Law. Oxford: Oxford Unviersity Press, 2004, 1072 p. ISBN 978-0-19-927097-2.
  • WACKS, Raymond. Philosophy of law : a very short introduction. 1st pub. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. xvi, 127. ISBN 9780192806918. info
Teaching methods
Lectures with discussions
Assessment methods
Written test
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2019.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2018, recent)
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