Course Information
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID100001686

Programme of Study: UPS School of Law (2015-today)

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Unified OrientationElective Courses534

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours2
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • French (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
After the end of instruction, the students who have attended this course will be able to: - Fully grasp the scientific nature of the legal profession - Master the ability to produce scientifically substantiated legal work (both written and oral) and rationally sound legal syllogisms - Effectively apply the methods and techniques of interpreting legal texts - Effectively use legal argumentation and rhetoric - Develop the skills that are necessary to participate in negotiation situations - Learn the techniques used by superior negotiators - Acquire the basic skills of professional mediators
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
GENERAL LEGAL THEORY 1. The object of study of the General Legal Theory (GeLThe). Theoretical and practical use of GeLThe. The foundations of Law. Legal thought. The objectives of Law. The distinction between legal and ethical rules. The nature of Legal Science. 2. The sources of Law: heterogeneity of the sources, relations between the sources, general principles of law: their significance and their position in the hierarchy of legal rules. 3. The environment of the Law: a) Law and time (the Law in time and the time in Law), b) Law and space (Law in space and the space in Law), c) Law and nature, d) Law and society. 4. The “tools” of law: Legal institutions (definition, applicability) b) Legal concepts and legal categories (definition of the concepts and identification of the categories, methods of categorization). 5. Legal terminology, legal language (particularity, technical nature, structure, the communicative functions of legal terminology). 6. Theories concerning the validity and the mandatory nature of legal rules (Kelsen, Ross, Hart, Bobbio and so on). 7. The implementation of Law: a) Principles and methods for the interpretation of legal texts, b) Principles of evaluation of behaviors, c) The structure of syllogisms and the legal syllogism: aa) Typology of syllogisms and the particularity of the legal syllogism; bb) Subsuming real facts under legal rules. 8. The judge and the trial: a) the role and function of the judge, b) General principles of court organization and their competencies, c) General principles governing the trial and types of jurisdiction. 9. Rhetoric and techniques of persuasion. 10. The techniques of mediation and negotiation.La théorie générale du droit a pour objet de saisir, dans sa totalité et dans toutes ses dimensions possibles, le phénomène juridique tel qu'il est, par l'étude de la raison d'être de ses finalités, de ses concepts fondamentaux, de sa mise en oeuvre, de ses instruments, de ses méthodes, de ses modes d'application. Sommaire du Cours de Théorie Générale du Droit C'est aussi une tentative de recherche méthodique, au delà des particularités, des modes de raisonnement et des mécanismes intertemporels et universels du pourquoi et du comment de la pensée juridique. Plus analytiquement dans le cours de la TGD sont étudiés les sujets suivants: Le phénomène du droit - Les fondements du droit La définition du droit Les sources du droit Les principes généraux du droit - L'environnement du droit Le droit et le temps Le droit et l'espace Le droit et les faits sociaux II. La mise en oeuvre du droit - Les instruments du droit Les institutions juridiques Concepts et catégories juridiques Le langage juridique - L'application du droit La lettre et l'esprit Les raisonnements juridiques Le fait et le droit Le juge et le procès
General Legal Theory, legal science, the sources of law, general principles of law, legal institutions, time, space, society, nature, legal terminology, validity, methods of interpretation, legal syllogism, legal rules, , judge, trial, rhetoric, mediation
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Book
Course Organization
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Livre proposé: Jean-Louis Bergel: « Théorie Générale du Droit », Paris, Dalloz ; 2012 (5ème édition)
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