Universität Wien FIND

030382 KU Latin based Legal Terminology (2020W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 350 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N


Monday 12.10. 10:30 - 12:30 Digital
Monday 19.10. 10:30 - 12:30 Digital
Monday 09.11. 10:30 - 12:30 Digital
Monday 16.11. 10:30 - 12:30 Digital
Monday 23.11. 10:30 - 12:30 Digital
Monday 30.11. 10:30 - 12:30 Digital
Monday 07.12. 10:30 - 12:30 Digital
Monday 14.12. 10:30 - 12:30 Digital
Monday 11.01. 10:30 - 12:30 Digital
Monday 18.01. 10:30 - 12:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

By the end of this course students will be able to give an overview of the most important Latin terms in legal studies. They will be capable of assigning technical terminology to thematic areas (Roman law: law of property, law of obligations, civil law, civil procedure, criminal law, international law and public law), and they will be able to define, contextualise and translate the Latin terms (Latin > German and German > Latin).

The didactic method is based on presentations and interactive as much as research-based learning under guidance of the teacher. For digital teaching, moodle-tools will be incorporated, which foster peer-feedback and exchange between students. One week ahead of the exams, a joint preparation session will be held (discussion of translation strategies, explanations of mini-legal cases, exam samples). This is also an opportunity for administrative questions about the process.

Details on the goals, contents and dates as well as all materials for the course will be available at the start of term on moodle.

Assessment and permitted materials

1) There will be weekly quizzes intended to check learning progress. The results count as class participation and will form part of your overall grade. (Minus points will not be counted.)

Attention: Since each week targets a different thematic block, it is vital that you regularly invest time in the study of Latin legal terminology. Especially at the beginning, the course is closely entwined with Latin grammar/syntax and other courses on Roman law intended to ease understanding. The opportunity to gain bonus points is limited to the week in which the respective thematic block will be studied (see moodle for deadlines).

2) There will be two written exams. You have to participate in both to receive a positive grade.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The minimum requirement is that you have understood the theoretical basis of the topic and acquired basic skills in practical application. Hence, one partial performance is not sufficient to succeed.

exam 1 = 40 points
exam 2 = 40 points
class participation = 20 points

grading key:
0-60 = 5
61-70 = 4
71-80 = 3
81-90 = 2
91-100 = 1

Examination topics

Everything discussed in the sessions prior to the respective exam.

Reading list

Reading available through Moodle.

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Su 11.10.2020 16:07