SHEB306 Project: Introduction to Law


This unit is designed to provide students with an understanding of law and to help them better understand and apply the core principles of law on basis of case studies and written assignment. 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)


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:

• Introduction to Law

Full-time Programmes

Types of Courses:

Language of teaching:


  1. Application of basic critical legal concepts to contemporary contexts and debates
  2. Sociological, historical and political perspective towards claims about law's objectivity and neutrality.
  3. Understanding law as an instrument of politics and ideology.


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


• Written assignment on case study: 80%

• Oral presentation (groups of 2): 20%