030620 SE The Other Question. Comparative law approaches to foreign legal traditions and cultures  - for diploma and doctoral students

2 hour(s), 4,0 ECTS credits, block course

Language of instruction: German

limited number of participants: 20


Lecturer (s):

Mag. Dr. Judith SCHACHERREITER, Privatdoz.




Preliminary discussion:
Monday, 22.10.2019

9.00 - 10.30SEM52
Thursday, 12.12.201909.00 - 18.00SEM51
Friday, 13.12.201909.00 - 18.00SEM51

Registration via U:Space

Anmeldung from 2.9.2019 2019 to 13.10.2019

Abmeldung until 25.10.2019

Aims, contents and method of the course

Aim: The aim of the seminar is the interdisciplinary analysis and critical reflection of our conception of the "Other" in comparative law.
Content: The current globalization and migration lead to social hybridization on the one hand, and to increased prejudice against "foreign cultures" and traditions on the other hand. Stereotypes and homogenizing clichés are increasingly shaping public discourse.
Against this background, the seminar gives different insights into some "other" (non-Western European) legal traditions and deals with the question of how we – as part of the Western European legal tradition and comparative law – deal with these "other" legal traditions. Why and how do we differentiate between our and other legal traditions and cultures? Which stereotypes and clichés dominate us? With what preconceptions do we approach the other? How do we deal with cultural collisions and differences?
The seminar deals with these questions on the basis of various comparative texts and of a critical introduction to postcolonial theories.
Methods: The students will be introduced to the basics of postcolonial theories and will analyse and present different comparative law texts. Furthermore, they write a seminar paper on their respective topic.

Assessment and permitted materials

Grading is based on the basis of oral presentations, seminar papers and participation in the discussion. STudents may use all databases, libraries, etc.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Both the written work and the oral presentation must be positive. The students must always be present.

Examination topics

There is no exam.

Reading list

Will be provided in the introductory class.