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PHIL 338 002 (Lecture)

Philosophy of Law

Concepts of law, constitution and sovereignty; law and morality; natural law theories and legal positivism; obligation, responsibility, and punishment.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3

Location: Vancouver

Term 2 (Jan 06, 2020 to Apr 08, 2020)

Cr/D/F Grading Change Dates

Last day to change between Credit/D/Fail and percentage grading (grading options cannot be changed after this date): January 17, 2020


Withdrawal Dates
Last day to withdraw without a W standing : January 17, 2020
Last day to withdraw with a W standing
(course cannot be dropped after this date) :
February 14, 2020

TermDay Start TimeEnd TimeBuildingRoom
2 Mon Wed Fri14:0015:00BuchananA103
Instructor: BITTNER, THOMAS JACOB


Seat Summary
Total Seats Remaining:15
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-  We will investigate some of the main philosophical problems that arise in connection with law in general and with the legal system of Canada in particular. These problems range from relatively practical questions such as the distinction between intent and knowledge in criminal law and the scope of freedom of expression in a free society to more theoretical questions such as the essential nature of law and the general relationship between a free society and democratic rule. This course will be of interest to philosophy majors, students in the social sciences and public policy, and people who are thinking about going to law school. The main goals of the course are (1) to improve students skills at using philosophical methods such as argument analysis and critique in legal and policy conte&~ xts and (2) to acquaint students with the major issues in the philosophical tradition of thinking about law.

Book Summary :
Title Reqd/Opt/Rel Author ISB
Law and Morality : Readings in Legal Philosophy 3/E Required DYZENHAUS 9780802094896