SHEB303 Introduction to Law


This unit is designed to provide students with an understanding of law. After an overview of the historical and sociological background of law we will study sources of law, the structure of law and different legal systems. A particular emphasis will be put on two major points: the differences between common law systems and civil law systems and the development of European and international law in a multijurisdictional world.

This unit aims to:

• provide students from different cultural background with the tools necessary to understand the nature, use and effects of law

• introduce students to basic issues in domestic, European and international law

• explain the differences between different legal systems

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Business Studies (Joint programme with The University of Sheffield)


Agnes Brunet
Assoc. Prof. Denitza Topchiyska, PhD

Course Description:


Students who complete this course:

1) will know:

• Define law

• Explain the need for a legal system

• Identify basic concepts of law

2) will be able to:

• Distinguish the major characteristics of different legal systems

• Employ the proper legal terminology

• Present orally a specific topic

Students are required to have the following knowledge and/or skills:

• No preliminary requirements.

Full-time Programmes

Types of Courses:

Language of teaching:


  1. What is Law? Social functions and legitimacy
  2. History and Development of Law
  3. The rule of law Case study: Tutorial 1: preparation for the oral presentation
  4. Legal System and their Institutions: the Common Law System Example: the English Legal System
  5. Legal System and their Institutions: the Civil Law System and other systems
  6. The structure of Law: Public Law
  7. The structure of Law: Private Law
  8. TEST
  9. The Rise of International Law: the Rules of International Law
  10. The Rise of International Law: European Law
  11. The Rise of International Law: Human Rights Case study: the European Court of Human Rights and gender identity issues
  12. Revision


All material used in this unit's classes are available in electronic form through CITY's E-Leaning Management System (IF MOLE) with enrollment password