Jurisprudence: Roman Law

  • Offered occasionally

Jurisprudence: Roman Law - Professor John Kroger

  • Course Number: LAW-468
  • Course Type: Foundational
  • Credits: 2
  • Enrollment Limit: 20
  • Description: Roman law governed large portions of Europe, Africa and Asia for over a thousand years and remains relevant today as the essential foundation of the legal systems of Western Europe and Latin America. In this course, we will study the legal system of ancient Rome from a jurisprudential and comparative perspective. We will consider the Roman legal approach to fundamental social, governmental, and economic questions as well the evolution of this system over time with an eye to gaining insight into our own legal institutions, arrangements and values. What can we learn about our own legal system by examining closely a highly sophisticated system from the past? How do legal systems change and evolve? How do they adjust to new social developments? How do they conceptualize the relationships between citizens and the state? How do they regulate economic activity? What types of persons do they empower and disenfranchise? We will explore these questions together through an examination of Roman law.
  • Prerequisite: none
  • Evaluation Method: Two ten page papers
  • Capstone: no
  • WIE: no