Jeremy Bentham and the Utilitarian Tradition
Course Code: LAWSG021A/LAWSG021
LAWSG021A: One 3000 word essay
LAWSG021: 3 hour unseen examination
Credit Value: 15/30
About this course
This course offers a unique opportunity to study the ideas of Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) and his continuing influence, particularly on his most famous disciple, John Stuart Mill. Bentham, famous as a jurist, philosopher and political scientist, was inspirational in the foundation and early development of UCL. His theories of utility, law, sovereignty, fallacies, fictions, judicial evidence, prison reform and constitutional government have had immense influence on the subsequent development of a number of key disciplines relevant to public policy, including both economics and law.
In this course, Bentham's ideas are related to the social, political, and intellectual context of his own time, and an assessment is made of their significance for the utilitarian tradition in law, morals and politics. Consideration is given to the continuing importance of Bentham's ideas for the contemporary world.
Students have the option of attending the course in term 1 only (15 credits) or attending in both terms 1 and 2 (30 credits).
Further information on this course can be found here.