Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2022-23

This first year of Law formative course is an introduction to a Legal Philosophical approach to the Law and the Legal Practice.



Course content (verified by ANECA in official undergraduate and Master’s degrees)

General Competences (CG)

  • CG1 : Capacity for oral and written communication.
  • CG4 : Capacity for analysis and synthesis.
  • CG6 : Acquire ethical values and principles.
  • CG7 : Develop critical and self-critical thought.
  • CG8 : Capacity for teamwork.


Specific Competences (CE)

  • CE1 : Awareness of the importance of Law as a system for regulating social relationships.
  • CE10 : Develop the ethical values and principles of the different legal professions.
  • CE11 : Capacity for negotiation and conciliation.
  • CE12 : Capacity for legal argument.
  • CE13 : Capacity to create and structure regulations.
  • CE14 : Understanding of the main public and private institutions in their genesis and as a whole.
  • CE15 : Understand the different ways laws are created through historical evolution and current reality.
  • CE17 : Capacity to apply general legal principles and regulations to factual suppositions.
  • CE2 : Perceive the unitary nature of the legal code and the interdisciplinary vision required for legal problems.
  • CE3 : Capacity to use constitutional principles and values as tools for interpreting the legal code.
  • CE4 : Capacity to handle legal sources (legal, jurisprudential and doctrinal).
  • CE5 : Develop legal oratory. Capacity to express oneself correctly in front of an audience.
  • CE6 : Capacity to read and interpret legal texts.
  • CE7 : Capacity to write legal documents.
  • CE9 : Acquire critical conscience in analysing legal codes and the development of legal dialectics.




Learning outcomes (Training objectives)

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Specific objectives stated by the academic staff for academic year 2022-23

• Providing students with conceptual, methodological and normative tools for them to approach problems involved in questions on Law and the Legal practice such as What is Law? What is it for? What is the legal claim to correctness? When is obedience to Law justified? What is its relation to the problem on the justificatory character of legal norms?
For these purposes, students will, particularly, receive training in intellectual virtues rigour, etc) and three fundamental dimensions of Law: Law as fact (sociological approach), Law as Norm (structural and argumentative approach), Law as Value (Law and Ethics).
• Providing the students with the necessary elements to construct a picture of the Law as a goals and values oriented rational project. Here we need to overcome a purely instrumental vision of the Law as well as an ideological one.
• Familiarizing students with the notion of Justice and its analyses in terms of fundamental legal values such as: freedom, equality, and security.
• Making students aware of the relevance of the notion of “human rights” in the current legal culture and in the interpretation of Law as well as in adjudication in Constitutional Democracies. An approach to the notion of “human rights” and their ethical groundings.
• Providing students with the basic elements for a sociological perspective on Law.
• Providing students with a deeper understanding of the Law by helping them to understand different conceptions on it (Natural Law approach, conceptual positivism, ideological positivism) as well as to provide them with a conception of Law that is relevant for the legal practice.
• Helping students to learn to elaborate critical reflection and use Law, notably legal argumentation, as an instrument for the implementation of human rights.





Code: 19004
Lecturer responsible:
Credits ECTS: 6,00
Theoretical credits: 1,80
Practical credits: 0,60
Distance-base hours: 3,60

Departments involved

    Theoretical credits: 1,8
    Practical credits: 0,6
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.

Study programmes where this course is taught