Course ObjectiveLearning objectives of the course "Philosophy of Law and Security":
(A) Subject-specific learning outcomes
Upon completion of the course the student should have basic knowledge of
• Philosophical approach to legal and criminological issues, especially
as pertains to security.
• The idea of law and the values of justice, legal certainty, and
• The relationship between violence, sovereignty and terrorism.
• The debate between legal positivism and natural law theory.
• The debate between utilitarianism and deontology.
• The debate between the rule of law and the state of exception.
(B) Academic skills
Upon completion of the course the student is able to:
• Read primary and secondary legal and philosophical sources, detect
structures of reasoning and distinguish between principled and
• Identify philosophical issues within existing legal and criminological
approaches to security.
• Reflect upon these philosophical issues within the larger framework of
the main debates in the philosophy of law.
• Offer interpretations of a concrete case in light of the different
philosophical issues involved.
(C) Social and communicative skills
The student is able to:
• Present her analysis of academic writings
• Write a short structured essay, based on relevant academic sources
• Provide feedback on the work of other students
(D) Study skills and professional orientation
• Find relevant philosophical literature pertaining to security.
• Select reliable sources to identify the philosophical issues involved.
Course ContentThe Course “Philosophy of Law and Security” studies classical and
contemporary debates in the philosophy of law.
Through a study of the phenomenon of security, students are introduced
to some of the core topics in the philosophy of law:
• the relationship between law, politics and morality;
• the distinction between legitimate and illegitimate violence
(sovereignty vs. terrorism);
• the main values of law (justice, legal certainty, purposiveness);
• central debates in the philosophy of law, in particular in relation to
the main topic of security (utilitarianism vs. deontology; legal
positivism vs. natural law theory; rule of law vs. state of exception).
As the first philosophical course in the Bachelor, the course aims to
make students aware of the ways in which a philosophical approach
differs from both legal and criminological approaches to security.
Teaching MethodsTeaching on this course takes the following consists of:
• Seminars with a focus on analysis of academic articles.
• Working groups with student presentations and discussion. Attendance
Method of AssessmentAssessment for this course consists of three components:
• Small mc-exams.
• Brief presentation in class, on interpretation of academic article.
• (Take home) exam with essay question.
LiteratureRaymond Wacks, Philosophy of Law: A Very Short Introduction (2nd
edition), Oxford University Press 2014 (168 pages).
Syllabus with selected articles.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Law|
|Course Coordinator||dr. mr. L.D.A. Corrias|
|Examiner||dr. mr. L.D.A. Corrias|
dr. mr. L.D.A. Corrias
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|Teaching Methods||Seminar, Lecture, Study Group|