Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
September 2024
One Semester (12 Weeks)
University Certificate of Study
Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Course Type: Professional/Flexible, Online
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.
Application Deadline:


Name: Professor Shane Kilcommins
Address: Head, School of Law Email: Web:

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Brief Description

Next Intake: Autumn 2024

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Module Description

Module Code

NFQ Level

ECTS Credits

Start Date






Sept. 2024


This micro-credential represents a single module within a larger further award (eg. Certificate, Diploma, Masters). By taking this micro-credential you may be eligible to apply for a credit exemption should you progress to study for a further award. The programmes associated with this MicroCred are: 


Jurisprudence is a module on legal theory and philosophy. This module will examine the major ideas in order to promote a better understanding of the social, moral, political, economic and gendered dimensions of law. It will draw on the work of a variety of theorists and movements including realism, positivism, natural law, postmodernism, law and economics, Marxism and feminisms.

This module embraces insights from a variety of different disciplines including history, sociology, political science, economics, philosophy , and psychology. It asks questions such as: What is law? What minimum laws are necessary for a legal system? Are legal decisions based entirely on legal rules? What non-legal factors can arise in decision-making? Can we make moral judgments about a law or what it should be? Can we make economic judgments about a law or what it should be? How do judges decide hard cases? Do we have to obey an immoral law? Does law follow or lead in society? Is law objective and neutral? Can it be objective and neutral? Do we have to obey an immoral law? Do rights matter?

See list of topics covered in the module below:

1. American Realism

2. Marxism

3. Law and Economics

4. Critical Legal Studies

5. Feminisms

6. Positivism: Classical Positivism

7. Hart and the Concept of Law

8. Natural Law

9. Lon Fuller and Natural Law

10. Justice and Rights Theories: Dworkin

11. Postmodernism

Each candidate is considered on an individual basis whose academic qualifications, work experience, motivation and overall potential for the programme are evaluated

Entry requirements are established to ensure the learner can engage with the course material and assessments, at a level suitable to their needs, and the academic requirements of the module. By applying to this micro-credential, you are confirming that you have reviewed and understand any such requirements, and that you meet the eligibility criteria for admission.

Successful completion of this module does not automatically qualify you for entry into a further award. All programme applicants must meet the entry requirements listed if applying for a further award.


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