Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23
Available as a Free Standing Elective
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 you 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.You 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.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/law-20054/lists
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 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.
Intended Learning Outcomes
evaluate different theories relating to legal, political, and social institutions and how they inter-relate: 1apply different theoretical perspectives to specific case studies at the intersection of law and society: 1analyse 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
20 hours lectures 6 Hours tutorials 40 hours lecture/discussion preparation84 hours essay and legal brief preparation and reading Total = 150 hours
1: Commentary weighted 100%
Description of Module Assessment
2,500 Critical CommentaryLibrary-based critical commentary at Level 5 (Year 2). 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.