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Introduction to theory of science and legal scholarship

University of Gothenburg

The course gives an introduction of different academic traditions, with focus on humanities, social sciences and legal scholarship. A two-folded perspective will be used, sociology of knowledge and epistemology or the inner logic of an academic discipline, covered in the discipline theory of science.

The purpose is to give an over-view, a broad knowledge of and a deepened understanding of academic activity and familiarity with academic theory and   methodology in general. More specifically, legal scholarship as an academic discipline will be discussed in relation to the other academic traditions.

The literature forms the starting-point for discussions on legal scholarship and the LLD student’s project. The LLD students are expected to write a short essay in which the students are expected to reflect on their individual project in relation to the literature and the discussions. The essay will be presented and discussed the fourth day.

To apply for the course, please send an e-mail to containing your name, address, e-mail, personal number, name of faculty, name of doctoral project, certificate (e.g. Ladok) showing that you are enrolled in a doctoral programme in Law, copy of your passport/national ID-card.


Course dates
10 September 2019 - 10 October 2019
Course organizer
Department of Law, prof. Eva-Maria Svensson
Vasagatan 1
7.5 hp