LLAW3128 & LALS3001

General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW3128 / LALS3001
Course name: Law and Literature
Programme offered under: LLB Programme / BA&LLB Programme
Semester: Second
Designated research course: Not applicable
Specialization: Not applicable
Prerequisite: A previous course in legal and/or literary subject
Course offered to non-law students: No
Credit point value: 6 credits
Cap on student numbers: 40 (priority to BA-LLB students)

1.2 Course description

This course explores the complex interactions between literature and the law. 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. Why do legal themes recur in fiction, and what kinds of literary structures underpin legal argumentation? How do novelists and playwrights imagine the law, and how do lawyers and judges interpret literary works? Could literature have legal subtexts, and could legal documents be re-interpreted as literary texts? We will think through these questions by juxtaposing novels, plays, court cases, and critical theory.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Marco Wan mwan@hku.hk CCT 616 By email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Describe the aims and historical trajectories of ‘law and literature’ as an intellectual movement.

CLO 2 Critically examine different approaches to bringing ‘literature’ and ‘law’ into dialogue with each other.

CLO 3 Apply techniques of close reading to both legal and literary texts

CLO 4 Assess the benefits and pitfalls of interdisciplinary analysis.

CLO 5 Think critically about the purpose and methods of legal scholarship.

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
Class participation N/A 15% 1, 2, 3, 4
Class presentation TBC 15% 1, 2, 3, 4
Mid-term essay 17 Mar 2023 25% 1, 2, 3, 4
Take home essay 19 May 2023 45% 1 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

Seminar: 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 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 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/