LAW-10043 - A Critical Introduction to Law and Society
Coordinator: Fabienne Emmerich Tel: +44 1782 7 33139
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733218

Programme/Approved Electives for 2024/25


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2024/25

The module is designed to provide students with foundational knowledge and understanding of Law and Society theory and research. It does this by drawing on a postcolonial perspective in which Western theoretical approaches to Law and Society are decentred.
The aim is to expose students to different critical theoretical approaches to understanding the nature and function of law including Legal Realism, Feminist Legal Studies and Post colonisalism and the law
The module provides foundational knowledge for Level 5 modules such as Law in Action as well as Level 6 modules such as Gender, Sexuality and Law and Jurisprudence. Moreover, it gives students a sound footing who intend to take a socio-legal approach to their dissertation.
Ultimately, the aim is to support students to develop critical thinking skills in order to become critical lawyers or critical legal scholars.

Intended Learning Outcomes

evaluate key concepts and different theories relating to legal, political, and social institutions: 1
analyze the relationship between law and society to produce an independent and critical commentary: 1
apply different theoretical approaches to critique judgments and socio-legal research: 1
analyze how socio-legal concepts and theories and legal, political and social institutions inter-related with one another: 1

Study hours

20 hours lectures
6 hours tutorials

40 hours self directed study
84 hours critical commentary

Total = 150 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Commentary weighted 100%
2,000 word Critical Commentary
Library-based critical commentary at Level 4 (Year 1). In the commentary students will critically engage with a judgment or journal article drawing on at least one particular theoretical approach to law covered in the module. Students will have a choice of questions.