LLAW3205 & LALS3006

General Course Information

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW3205 / LALS3006
Course name: Advanced Legal Theory
Programme offered under: LLB Programme / 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 provides a sustained in-depth analysis of a central theme in legal theory. This year the theme is ‘Dignity’. It is chosen to allow students to gain a deeper understanding of, and to critically engage with, a concept commonly accepted as the theoretical foundation for universal human rights.

Students will be invited to discuss and assess to what extent ‘dignity’ can exist as a definable and delimited concept in the law, and whether attempts at delimitation can produce a concept, or conceptions, of dignity that carries out independent work within legal theory and practice. Such discussions will entail explorations into how notions of dignity interact with other legal concepts (e.g. equality, autonomy, and citizenship), and the novel ways in which the term has been extended and deployed in legal practice in response to changing political and social contexts.

Topics to be covered under the theme may include: definitions of dignity; dignity as a foundational value; dignity as status; dignity versus price; dignity and work; dignity, gender and sexuality; indignities: torture, dehumanization, and punishment; the dignity of groups; dignity in the Chinese tradition.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Scott Veitch veitch@hku.hk CCT 409 By making an appointment through email

Learning Outcomes

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Develop an understanding of a range of key issues and arguments in legal theory.

CLO 2 Develop and defend their own interpretations and views of the theme (‘Dignity’) by critically evaluating material discussed in the course.

CLO 3 Apply their knowledge of the course materials to a research topic approved by the course convenor.

CLO 4 Demonstrate an ability to articulate and defend their views orally and in writing.

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
Oral presentation 20-21 Apr 2023 20% 1, 3 1, 2, 3, 4
Essay 22 May 2023 80% 1, 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 / 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 the convenor.

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 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/