General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW3001
Course name: Introduction to Legal Theory
Programme offered under: LLB Programme
Semester: First
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 encourages critical reflection on the nature of law, the central issues of jurisprudence and the concepts and techniques used in the operation of legal systems. Topics to be covered will include the following: assessing the relationships between law, politics and morality; natural law; legal positivism; theories of justice; adjudication and legal reasoning; legal realism; feminist jurisprudence; sociological jurisprudence.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor / tutor Marcelo Thompson marcelo.thompson@hku.hk CCT 308 By email
Course convenor / tutor Maro Wan mwan@hku.hk CCT 616 By email
Course tutor Pattamon Anansaringkarn pattamon@connect.hku.hk N/A By email
Course tutor Sarah Cheng sarahposan.cheng@gmail.com N/A By email
Course tutor Bryan Lee bryan.lee@parksidechambers.com.hk N/A By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Demonstrate a knowledge of some of the main schools of thought in contemporary jurisprudence.

CLO 2 Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of competing theories of law.

CLO 3 Critically assess different approaches to legal reasoning.

CLO 4 Develop and defend your own jurisprudential views in light of the materials studied.

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



3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Coursework essay TBA 25% 1, 2, 4 1, 2, 3, 4
Take home exam TBA 75% 1, 4 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 / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by course 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: 2 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Tutorial: 1 hour / week for 12 teaching weeks
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit 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 course convenor(s).

Learning Resources

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted to 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/