LALS2001

General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LALS2001
Course name: Introduction to Law and Literature Studies
Programme offered under: BA&LLB Programme
Semester: Second
Designated research course: Not applicable
Specialization: Not applicable
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Course offered to non-law students: No
Credit point value: 6 credits

1.2 Course description

This course introduces students to the ways in which literature and the law intersect. Even though the two disciplines may seem distinct, both law and literature are products of language and have overlapped in significant and interesting ways in history. The course will assess the ways in which literary theory can assist in understanding legal cases, concepts and practices as well as assess how the law is presented in plays, short stories, novels and poetry. Drawing on both classical and modern literature, as well as film, the course aims to introduce students to the ethical, pedagogical and theoretical insights to be gained from reading law and literature together. With the aim of situating legal studies within a social and cultural context, this course provides students with a sound foundation for further interdisciplinary study of the law.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Anya Adair adair@hku.hk N/A By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

CLO 1 Describe and explain some of the fundamental approaches to literary criticism and assess how this material informs our understanding of legal texts, theories and concepts.

CLO 2 Critically examine the purpose, effectiveness and limitations of bringing the law into conversation with literature.

CLO 3 Apply a variety of theoretical positions to both legal and literary texts.

CLO 4 Demonstrate a good understanding of the literature covered in the course and evaluate its contribution to our understanding of the law.

2.2 LLB Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Please refer to the following link: https://course.law.hku.hk/llb-plo/

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course

PLO A PLO B PLO C PLO D PLO E PLO F
CLO 1
CLO 2
CLO 3
CLO 4

Assessment(s)

3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Mid-term essay TBC 30% 1, 2, 3, 5 1, 2, 3, 4
Class presentation TBC 20% 1, 2, 3, 5 1, 2, 3, 4
Final essay TBC 50% 2, 3 1, 2, 3, 4
*Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email
3 Individual feedback to be disseminated through Moodle
4 Individual review meeting upon appointment
5 Group review meeting
6 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by the convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: https://www.law.hku.hk/_files/law_programme_grade_descriptors.pdf

Learning Activities

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Lecture: 3 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit until is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by the convenor(s).

Learning Resources

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/