LAWSG021 Jeremy Bentham and the Utilitarian Tradition
|LAWSG021: JEREMY BENTHAM AND THE UTILITARIAN TRADITION|
|Credit value:||30 credits (15 ECTS, 300 learning hours)|
|Other Teachers:||Michael Quinn;
|Teaching Delivery:||20 x 2-hour weekly seminars, 10 seminars per term, Term One and Two|
|Who may enrol:||Any UCL Master’s student|
|Must not be taken with:||LAWSG021A: Jeremy Bentham and the Utilitarian Tradition A|
|Qualifying module for:||LLM in Jurisprudence and Legal Theory;|
|Introductory video||Currently there is no introductory video for this module|
|Practice Assessment:||Opportunity for feedback on one optional practice essay per term (two in total)|
|Final Assessment:||One 3-hour unseen written examination (100%)|
This module provides a unique opportunity to study the ideas and influence of Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832), the famous jurist, philosopher, and political scientist. Despite concentrating on the thought of one person, the module is surprisingly wide-ranging, since Bentham made significant contributions across a wide range of disciplines, including philosophy, law, politics, and economics. Bentham’s ideas are related to the social, political and intellectual context of his own time, and an assessment made of their significance for the contemporary world. The module is taught by scholars associated with the Bentham Project, which is currently producing a new authoritative edition of The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham, published by Oxford University Press.
The syllabus is subject to change:
Note: The module concludes with the Bentham Seminars, where invited speakers who are carrying out research in Bentham studies are invited to present a paper to the class and answer questions.
Module reading lists and other module materials will be provided via online module pages, available at the beginning of term once students have enrolled.
For each seminar, students will be guided through the relevant section of the reading list, and essential and supplementary reading assigned. Each student is expected to read the essential materials, and preferably one or more of the supplementary materials, and be prepared to discuss their thoughts and ideas in class. Students are encouraged to write one short informal essay each term.