LAW-20054 - Introduction to Law and Society: Theory and Practice
Coordinator: Fabienne Emmerich Tel: +44 1782 7 33139
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733218

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23

None

Available as a Free Standing Elective

No

Co-requisites

None

Prerequisites

None

Barred Combinations

None

Description for 2022/23


Are you fascinated by law beyond the written text? Do you want to explore the various ways law operates in society and they ways we are governed by law? This module explores different ways we can understand what law is and how it functions. It provides students with a foundational understanding in socio-legal studies with a focus on three schools of legal theory: Legal Realism, Feminist Legal Studies and Postcolonialism and the Law.
Students will have the opportunity to apply the different theoretical approaches to contemporary issues, such as the women of Yarls Wood Detention Centre, Windrush and Grenfell Tower.

Aims
The module aims to provide students with foundational knowledge and understanding in socio-legal studies, both theory and its application. It does this with a focus on three schools of critical legal theory: Legal Realism, Feminist Legal Studies and Postcolonialism and the Law.
Students will have the opportunity to apply the different theoretical approaches to contemporary issues, such as the women of Yarls Wood Detention Centre, Windrush and Grenfell Tower.
The aim is to expose students to different critical approaches to understanding the nature and function of law. It complements other Level 5 modules such as Law and Emotion and Law in Action. Furthermore it provides a foundation for Level 6 Jurisprudence and Gender Sexuality and the Law. Moreover it gives students a sound footing who intend to take a socio-legal approach to their dissertation.
Ultimately the aim is to encourage students to become critical legal thinkers.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.
http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/law-20054/lists

Intended Learning Outcomes

evaluate different theories relating to legal, political, and social institutions and how they inter-relate: 1,2
apply different theoretical perspectives to specific case studies at the intersection of law and society: 1,2
analyse the relationship between law and society to produce independent and critical reflective comment on specific problems and to critically assess doctrinal and theoretical work on the inter-relationship between law and society: 1,2
enhance legal drafting skills with a practice-based legal advice brief: 2

Study hours

20 hours seminars (including lectures/discussion)
40 hours lecture/discussion preparation
90 hours essay and legal brief preparation and reading

Total = 150 hours

School Rules

None

Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 75%
2,000 word essay
Library-based research essay at Level 5 (Year 2). In the essay students will critically engage with a particular theoretical approach to law covered in the module. Students will have a choice of questions.

2: Assignment weighted 25%
1,000 word legal advice brief
Students will draft a legal brief that integrates at least one of the theoretical approaches covered in this module.