Introduction to Law

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Law

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The aim of this module is to enable students to develop their critical awareness of the economic, social and political context in which law operates. The module aims to explore the functions of law within society and how law both shapes, and is shaped by, wider social forces. On completion of the course, the student will be aware of the main foundations and features of both the common law legal system and the basic principles of Irish law.

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Identify the role of law as a social, economic, cultural and political phenomenon
    2. Critically appraise the key components of the Irish legal system, its connection with EU membership and its interaction with the international legal system
    3. Identify the key principles of Irish law and how to locate and understand the sources of Irish law.
    4. Identify the main ways in which law is reported and understand the roles of the people working in the legal system.
    5. Display critical judgment regarding the application of legal principles to factual problem situations.
    6. Develop legal research and writing skills

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.