LAWS360-17S2 (C) Semester Two 2017


15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2017
End Date: Sunday, 19 November 2017
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 July 2017
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 13 October 2017


The course involves a study of various modern theories about law from both a descriptive and critical perspective.

The course will begin with an introduction to the classical natural law approach to law.  It will then consider various attempts since the Renaissance and Reformation to provide other bases for law and legal and political authority.  This will include study of Hobbes and Kant, utilitarianism and legal positivism, the historical and economic schools, modern Anglo-American approaches and the theory of anarchy.

Learning Outcomes

The aim of the course is to enable students to critically evaluate the role of law in society and to contemplate alternative legal constructions.


(i) LAWS101; and (ii) LAWS110




Course Coordinator / Lecturer

David Round


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Essay 29 Sep 2017 30%
Final Examination 70%

Assessment may consist of an essay and a final exam.  The assessment will be confimred in the first week of lectures.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Dias, Reginald Walter Michael; Jurisprudence ; 5th ed; Butterworths, 1985.

Kelly, J. M; A short history of Western legal theory ; Clarendon Press ;Oxford University Press, 1992.

Passerin d'Entreves, Alessandro; Natural law : an introduction to legal philosophy ; [2d rev. ed.]; Hutchinson University Library, 1970.

There is no set text. Useful recommended reading includes the above.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $775.00

International fee $3,525.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Faculty of Law .

All LAWS360 Occurrences

  • LAWS360-17S2 (C) Semester Two 2017