Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

ESPO1176 - Law

Credits : 5

Lecturer :
Teaching assistant :
Mode of delivery :
Face-to-face , first term, 45 hours of theory.

Timetable :
First term
Monday from 13:30 to 16:30 at Ommegang Om10

Language of instruction :

Learning outcomes :
This course aims
- to provide you with a general knowledge of the legal phenomenon, through your command of the appropriate terminology and your understanding of certain fundamental legal concepts;
- to enable you to carry out (simple) legal research, i.e. to handle your code effectively and to base your arguments on the relevant legal basis(s).

The course is built on the idea that a basic understanding of law is necessary for every citizen, especially for those who intend to undertake university studies. Indeed, law is both a human science with close links to various other disciplines, including those you have chosen to study as your main academic subject, but also a mode of social regulation that is ubiquitous in the political arena and in our private lives.

Prerequisites :

Co-requisites :

Course contents :
The course is structured in three parts, each divided into chapters: after a general and introductory definition of the law, we will study
- (I) persons and their rights (who are the subjects of law, what are their rights, how can they enforce them in court) ;
- (II) the main sources of Belgian law (from règlements to international law, from the Constitution to soft law), and how they are articulated ;
- (III) some basic elements of private law (tort and contract law).

The monitorats, given by an assistant in dialogue with the professor, cover the same topics, previously taught during the lectures but summarised, illustrated and put into practice.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
The lectures involve a presentation of the concepts and questions mentioned above, interspersed with interactive exercises. It is based on slides made available to you on moodle before each class; you must complete those slides with notes.

Besides, the monitorats offer you the opportunity to carry out exercises aimed particularly at familiarising yourself with the code and legal terminology.

Both the professor and the assistant are available to answer your questions during breaks and at the end of the course.

Assessment methods and criteria :
Is subject to examination : anything that was said in the lecture (even if the developments are not included in the slides) but only what was said in the lecture (for example, the illustrations mentioned in the tutorial that were not taught in the lecture could not be the subject of an examination question).

The evaluation will be a written exam, taken on site if sanitary conditions allow it, on moodle if not. This examination will be composed of open questions, some of which will be very precise and others that will require a development that you will have to construct.

The use of the code is necessary for the resolution of questions and is therefore allowed during the exam, provided that the possible annotation of this tool respects the following rules:
- articles may be preceded by a cross and underlined or highlighted, in whole or in part, possibly in different colours ;
- below each article, another article or instrument closely related to this provision may be mentioned, but only the official title of the instrument and the number of the relevant article may be transcribed: no terms foreign to this title may be reproduced, let alone any commentary;
- bookmarks (or « post-it ») may be used but only the official title and date of the instrument concerned may be transcribed therein.
Warning: any annotation that exceeds these limits, even a single word, will be considered an irregularity and reported as such to the jury (cf. art. 107 of the Règlement général des Études et des Examens).

Recommended or required reading :
No recommended reading

Other information :
The sources are referenced throughout the course, in the slides mentioned above.
The Code Bac Saint-Louis (Larcier, 2020 - or equivalent, up to date) contains the necessary normative sources.