Welcome - General Jurisprudence LAWS 2087   General Jurisprudence
It is not easy to answer "What is jurisprudence?", the question of most students considering enrolment in this elective course. It is probably simpler to ask "What is jurisprudence about?", for there are few parameters on its field of inquiry. Questions as diverse as "What is the basic nature of law?", "What can law achieve?", "What is the relationship between law, morality and politics?", "What is the relationship between law and social change?", "Should we obey the law?", and "Whom does it serve?" are appropriate subjects for the jurisprudence student. In trying to answer these questions, an effort is made to ensure that the course maintains a balance between conceptualism, the students' perceptions and experience, and contemporary Canadian legal dilemmas. Students will be exposed to a survey of the major schools of jurisprudence, ranging widely from legal positivism, natural law and liberalism to feminism, critical legal studies, law and economics, (dis)ability theory, GBLT theory, and critical race theory. Each view of the law will be analyzed carefully and students will be expected to contribute their own critical insights on the questions and purported answers of the day. A high level of participation is therefore essential. In addition to regular contributions to discussions, students will be required to make presentations.
FORMAT COMMENTS: 2 hours per week
ASSESSMENT METHOD: Combination of major paper and class participation