Roman Law module (LW32040)

Learn about the history of Roman law and the elements of Roman private law

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Roman law refers to the legal system and body of laws developed in ancient Rome. It formed the foundation of legal principles and institutions in the Roman Republic and later the Roman Empire.

Learning Roman law offers insights into legal history, foundations of modern law, critical thinking skills, and cross-cultural understanding.

This module introduces students to the history of Roman law and some aspects of Roman private law.

What you will learn

In this module, you will:

  • be introduced to the history of Roman law and its past and continuing significance to Scottish law
  • learn the Roman law of persons, including slavery and family law, the Roman law of contract, the Roman law of delict, and the Roman law of property
  • be introduced to legal sources that are hundreds of years old

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • place law in its social and historical context
  • solve complex legal problems

Assignments / assessment

  • online problem-based exam (100%)

Teaching methods / timetable

The module is delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials, and independent study.

Lectures will be used to present information and structure learning, while allowing some interaction. Seminars will be student-led and allow for fuller discussion of issues.  


This module is available on following courses: