Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Introduction to Civil Law and Comparative Law
Academic Year
Semester 2
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   50%
Semester Assessment Written Essay  (2500 words)  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   50%
Supplementary Assessment Written Essay  (2500 words)  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Identify, explain and analyse the main influences of civilian learning.

2. Show an understanding of the nature, philosophy and technique of codification.

3. Utilize comparative law to gain skills in legal comparison and how to reflect on its implications for current law.

4. Assess and evaluate current debates in relation to civil and comparative law.

5. Evaluate the influence and legal significance of civil law on the evolution of the European legal culture.

Brief description

The module is aimed at providing students with a thorough understanding and appreciation of diverse legal systems. A broader understanding of the similarities and differences between legal systems will enrich students’ understanding of the range and diversity of legal systems. A focus on the development of the civil law will widen their horizons and understanding. The study of civil and comparative law is highly beneficial in understanding the evolution of contemporary civil and common law systems.


1. Exploring the influence of the development of Civilian learning on modern law
2. Exploring specific aspects of Civil Law in respect of European law
3. Gaining skills in legal comparison in a range of relevant jurisdictions.
4. Gaining skills in legal comparison and how to reflect on its implications for existing law.
5. The course is research-based and introduces students to the core debates in relation to comparative law.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number n/a
Communication Seminar discussions/activities develop individual and group presentation and oral argument + courtroom scenarios.
Improving own Learning and Performance Seminar participation and exam preparation develop different aspects of academic research, from understanding and referencing sources through the dissemination of ideas to others orally, and developing written communication skills.
Information Technology Library and research skills are fundamental to preparation for seminars and assessed work.
Personal Development and Career planning Recommended topic for any student considering working in government, NGOs, diplomacy, journalism and private law firms. It will also be very useful for students working in diverse legal systems.
Problem solving Seminar discussion/preparation and debate.
Research skills Research and preparation for seminars and assessments.
Subject Specific Skills Reading and understanding legal materials; critical analysis of a variety of diverse legal systems. Also the ability to compare and evaluate aspects of legal reform.
Team work Group activities and discussion.


This module is at CQFW Level 5