Roman Law and Legal History
Rhedir gan School of History, Law and Social Sciences
20.000 Credyd neu 10.000 Credyd ECTS
Semester 1 a 2
Trefnydd: Dr Gwilym Owen
The course examines the development of English law from the Norman Conquest to the nineteenth century, although in some instances developments are followed up to the present time. Throughout the module, legal developments will be related to political, economic, social and intellectual changes within England and Wales. The course also consists of an examination of the basic concepts and principles of the Roman legal order, and of its development as a system of law in the ancient world. Students will be encouraged to relate the development of Roman law to the social and intellectual development of the Roman people.
The main areas of Legal History will include but will not be limited to:
the origins of the common law;
the history of the legal system itself, in particular the development of the court structure and the forms of action;
the history of land law to include the development of the concept of the use, equity and the modern trust;
the development of the English law of obligations dealing principally with the history of the law of contract;
The module will also examine the main features of Roman law relating to:
status and citizenship;
obligations and actions, in each area seeking to compare the Roman legal principles with those of the English common law.
Excellent: A- to A* (70+%) An outstanding answer containing all the material relevant to the question and no irrelevancy, all the material and references being accurate and correct, there being no inaccuracy or error, the whole presented in a clear, logical, critical argument with little room for improvement. An answer which demonstrates a complete mastery of the subject.
Threshold: D- to D+ (40-49%) An answer which, while predominantly correct in its presentation of material, contains a significant level of error and is therefore not entirely reliable
C- i C+
C- to C+ (50-59%) An answer which, while always in the main accurate and correct, fails to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant material and is lacking in criticism. An answer which while reliable with regard to correctness is either not comprehensive or not entirely pertinent.
Good: B- to B+ (60-69%) High Standard: A comprehensive answer, containing all the material relevant to the question and no irrelevancy, all the material and references being accurate and correct, there being no inaccuracy or error, the whole presented in an argument which, while clear, logical and critical, leaves room for improvement in its construction and presentation. An answer which shows complete competence in the subject.
Demonstrate an understanding of the origins of the common law and of the court system in English legal history.
Demonstrate knowledge of the historical developments in the history of the English common law of contract.
Develop an understanding of the origins of the concepts of the trust, estates in land and the history of land law.
Demonstrate knowledge of the Roman Laws relating to persons and Roman concepts of ownership.
Develop an understanding of the Roman principles of the Law of Obligations.
Demonstrate knowledge of the sources of Roman Law and Roman litigation.
40% of the assessment for this module will consist of a 2,000 word essay. The word limit excludes footnotes and bibliography.
60% of the assessment for this module will consist of a 2 hour exam.
Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu
Students will be expected to carry out private study. During this time, students will carry out background reading and research.
There will be a 2 hour lecture per week.
- Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
- Defnyddio cyfrifiaduron - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio ystod o feddalwedd cyfrifiadurol
- Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
- Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
- Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
- Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
- Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
- Cyflwyniad - Gallu cyflwyno gwybodaeth ac esboniadau yn glir i gynulleidfa. Trwy gyfryngau ysgrifenedig neu ar lafar yn glir a hyderus.
- Rheloaeth - Gallu defnyddio, cydlynu a rheoli adnoddau (dynol, ffisegol ac/neu ariannol)
- Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach
- Hunanymwybyddiaeth & Ystyried - Bod yn ymwybodol o'ch cryfderau, gwendidau, nodau ac amcanion eich hun. Gallu adolygu ,cloriannu a myfyrio'n rheolaidd ar eich perfformiad eich hun ac eraill.
Sgiliau pwnc penodol
- Develop the ability to interpret legal rules and employ techniques of legal reasoning competently and efficiently in order to offer a range of solutions and conclusions to actual or hypothetical complex legal problems, all supported by relevant academic literature, jurisprudence and legislative research. Such solutions will be clearly communicated and presented
- Develop the ability to analyse complex legal issues, set against the background of the political, social, economic or cultural contexts in which they may arise
- Develop those skills which are necessary for scholarship and research in legal subjects, namely the ability to identify relevant primary and secondary legal sources and to retrieve accurate legal information using paper and electronic sources
Rhestrau Darllen Bangor (Talis)http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/sxl-1118.html
Roman Law Core Text:
Borkowski's Textbook on Roman Law, 6th edition, Paul J. du Plessis, 2020, OUP.
Legal History Core Text:
Introduction to Legal History, 5th edition, John Baker, 2019, OUP.
Cyrsiau sy’n cynnwys y modiwl hwn
Opsiynol mewn cyrsiau:
- M100: LLB Law year 1 (LLB/L)
- M11B: LLB Law (4 year with Incorporated Foundation) year 1 (LLB/L1)
- M102: LLB Law (International Experience) year 1 (LLB/LI)
- M10P: LLB Law with Placement Year year 1 (LLB/LP)