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Basics of Law

  • Study programme/study programmes: Undergraduate academic International studies
  • Type and level of studies: Undergraduate academic studies
  • Name of the course: Basics of Law
  • Teacher (Surname, middle initial, name): Radmila R. Vasić, PhD, Full Professor, exercise by Dejan D. Pavlović, MA, Assistant
  • Status of the course: Compulsory
  • Number of ECTS: 6
  • Teaching methods: Lectures, Mandatory essay of up to 5 pages, Seminars
  • Number of classes:3+1

Aim and outcome of the course

The syllabus encompasses the described fields which are the topics of theoretical science of law. More narrow topics are studies within them – theoretical-legal concepts and legal institutes (as described in brackets), which by their meaning and significance are the basic for understanding of structure and function of law. The aim of this course is to offer to freshmen in political science the general and basic knowledge about law, to show them how the law functions as a hierarchy dynamic structure, how the state and the law are permeated and connected in the state legal order, to explain them (in theoretical-legal sense) the need of law to be guaranteed by public force and the need of state to be moralized by law; finally, to enable them to understand why political life must unfold within the borders of (correct) law.

Students are expected to understand correctly the relation among state, law and politics, to notice and define their spheres of action – independent, overlapping and constraining. Within this course, students should also learn to recognize the conceptual forms of state institutions and legal institutes, as well as their value potential, and in that sense to master the basic legal terminology. In contemporary circumstances, it is not possible to imagine a modern political scientist who is not „supplied“ with basic legal knowledge, or a good political scientist who does not have a clear awareness that the law is a tool which can equally well „build a roof and dig a grave“.

Content of the course

Theoretical teaching

Basics of law as introductory and general theoretical science of law, The concept of law, Various understandings of law, Elements of law, Legal enactment, Formal sources of law, Legal relation, Subject of law, Application and interpretation of law, Interpretation of law, State and law, Concept and kinds of state forms

Practical teaching: Exercises, Other modes of teaching, Study research work


а) basic

Kosta Čavoški, Radmila Vasić – Uvod u pravo – second universal edition (or first universal edition of 2006), Pravni fakultet, Belgrade and „Službeni glasnik“, Belgrade, 2007.

b) additional:

  1. Radomir D. Lukić with Budimir Košutić, Uvod u pravo, Naučna knjiga, Belgrade, 1975;
  2. Božidar S. Marković, O pravednom pravu, Visio mundi academic press, Novi Sad, 1993;
  3. Hans Kelzen, O granicama između pravničke i sociološke metode, Opšta teorija prava i države, Pravni fakultet u Beogradu, 1998
  4. Hans Kelzen, Čista teorija prava, Gutenbergova galaksija, Belgrade, 2000
  5. Alf Ros, Pravo i Pravda, CID, Podgorica, 1996
  6. Herbert L. A. Hart, Pojam prava, CID, Podgorica, Cetinje, 1994
  7. Đorđo Del Vekio, Pravo, pravda i država, Pravni fakultet u Beogradu, Belgrade, 1990

Gustav Radbruh, Filozofija prava, Nolit, Belgrade, 1980

Assessment of knowledge

Pre-examination commitments

  • Activity during the lectures 10
  • Colloquim(a) 10+10
  • Seminar(s) 20

Final examination

  • Oral examination 40