Great Trials in Western Legal History - NOTE: THE COURSE IS CANCELLED IN THE SPRING SEMESTER 2018

Course content

This course explores great trials in Western history and examines the way they shape and inform our thinking about the law. We also explore the historical concept of the ‘trial’, how these trials reflect differences in legal historical thinking across time and in the different conceptions of justice, procedure, and evidence used in different historical eras and times – and
how these trials are represented and still play an important role in our modern legal consciousnessand ideas as to law and justice. The course requires a working knowledge of English and supplements courses on legal history and legal philosophy.

Learning outcome

The course engages students in critical thinking about legal issues in various historical eras by analysing the nature of law, the characteristics of justice, the duties of the advocate, and the role of judges and juries as they were conceived in different historical eras. It expands students’ knowledge of various modes of legal thinking in Europe and the United States and improves
written and oral skills in English.

Students are required to give presentations on various legal and historical topics, engage
classmates in colloquy, keep a journal analysing the trials and legal issues, and participate in
classroom discussions

Historical and philosophical analysis, advocacy skills, abstract reasoning, analysis of legal

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 min
Oral exam based on synopsis, 20 minutes
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Seminar
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 178,25
  • English
  • 206,25