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Code LAW 309
Term 201001
Title History of Western Law
Faculty Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Subject Law(LAW)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Instructor(s) Blaque Hough,
Detailed Syllabus
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Undergraduate
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(only for SU students)
SPS102 SPS101

The Common Law and Civil Law legal systems dominate western legal thought and practice, co-existing with minor traditions such as Socialist, Religious, and Tribal/Traditional. The scope of the course is limited to legal systems, laws, and historical events which contributed most significantly to the Western/European legal culture in which we live today. It is presented in roughly chronological order, and includes selections from law codes, legal documents, and scholarly analysis of legal systems or issues. It ranges from ancient Mesopotamia through classical Greece and Rome, includes Byzantine law, the revival of Roman Law at Bologna in the High Middle Ages and birth of a common European law, and concludes with the division between the Common Law and Civil Law.


This module will survey the History of Western Law. It will examine common legal subject
matter such as public (constitutional) law, and private (marriage, divorce, obligations
and tort) law. It will concentrate on similarities and differences within the Western legal
systems, and development of these substantive areas over time. It includes some discussion
of legal process and procedure, and lawyers as a professional class. It will examine issues
of religion and ideology which have significant influence upon the development of Western

Learning Outcome

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to::
a) describe the main source(s) of jurisprudential thought within each historical period examined.
b) identify key developments in legal doctrines, and their evolution, during all of these historical periods.
c) describe legal themes over a relatively long span of history.
d) Analyze legal doctrines and their development, based on professional standards of evidence use.
e) judge between the views of different jurists and historians on the topic.
Individual key skills:
f) develop independent study and group work skills,
g) evaluate material to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument, developed through the mode of assessment.

Programme Outcomes
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 5
2 Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 3
3 Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects. 2
4 Communicate effectively by oral, written, graphical and technological means and have competency in English. 5
5 Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team. 4
Common Outcomes ForFaculty of Arts & Social Sci.
1 Develop a thorough knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in the field and apply them in research design and data analysis. 4
2 Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level. 5
3 Know how to access written and visual, primary and secondary sources of information, interpret concepts and data from a variety of sources in developing disciplinary and interdisciplinary analyses. 5