- learning to use the volumes of legislation and statutory law: acquiring insight in the system of these volumes and learning how to find a particular rule of statutory law;
- learning to analyse judicial decisions;
- acquiring a basic insight into the system of law, i.e. the organisation of law in different legal areas;
- acquiring a basic insight into the judicial organisation;
- acquiring a basic insight into and learning the meaning of some elementary legal concepts;
- acquiring a basic insight into the way jurists think, focusing on a critical assessment of legislation and case law;
- introducing students to a number of concepts and doctrines of finding of law;
- learning to analyse and assess legal argumentation;
- conducting a (simple) legal study;
- learning to set up a (simple) legal argument and how to write a legal assignment;
- acquiring insight into the workings and use of legal rules by jurists (with special attention for the legislator and the judge).
Students will be challenged to look at law academically and from different perspectives, and to explore the jurist's frame of mind. During the course, students will be given tools to enable them to pose critical questions about legal issues from an exploratory perspective. The focus will be on the way the legislator and the judge employ legal rules. Legal Perspectives consists of two parts:
- The first is an introduction to legal concepts and the legal system. Such skills as using volumes of legislation and reading case law will be taught. Students will be shown how to find legal rules and how these legal sources are used. In the first six weeks students will (individually) follow a digital library instruction which will help them to conduct independent legal research. This first part is also a preparation for the study that must be carried out for the two assignments in Part 2. Part 1 will be concluded with an interim test.
- In Part 2, the right to privacy will be central. Students will conduct independent research and make a critical assessment on a statute or Bill and a judicial decision on the theme of Privacy. Questions that will be dealt with include: to what extent has the legislator produced a clear and unambiguous rule; does this rule clash with other applicable rules? Or: why has the judge opted for this particular legal rule; what grounds form the basis of that choice and what in fact constitutes good grounds? An assessment framework will be offered in Part 1 to be able to answer these kinds of questions. To prepare for the assignments, an introduction will be given on the theme of Privacy, on legal argumentation, and on writing a legal argument. An important part of the writing assignments will be giving and receiving feedback (peer review). The two assignments together form the second interim test of this course.
For further specifics, please see the syllabus and the information on Blackboard.