History and Law 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

The development of an effective legal system (or ‘the rule of law’) is often seen as the key to the growth of many modern societies. Historians see such legal systems as core to many of their studies while good lawyers understand that the law often possesses a history which they must know if they are to make sense of it.

Combined Honours

Combined Honours degrees allow you to study two different subjects in one degree. Find out more about Combined Honours degrees.


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Course Overview

Keele has a strong tradition of interdisciplinary study in which leading researchers examine subjects and seek to cross their boundaries so as to offer a stimulating examination and critique of both texts and events: in this course, the historical, socio-political, economic and gender contexts of history and law. By studying both these subjects together, you will gain a better understanding of the nature of human society and how it has developed.

What will this mean for my future?

As a student of History and Law you will have the opportunity to take part in mooting (practising oral arguments), client interviewing, and working as a Community Legal Companion within the innovative CLOCK programme, which was pioneered at Keele. You may also be able to obtain hands-on experience through volunteering in the community and/or work experience with external agencies such as museums. These opportunities will diversify your skills, experience and strengthen your CV.

We pride ourselves on developing career-ready graduates. Studying this programme opens up a wide range of career possibilities in law, the media, the creative and heritage industries, or in teaching. There are varied opportunities right across the private sector, local and national government or in charities. Many Law and History graduates go on to further study at Master’s level and beyond, leading to careers in research and education.

Indicative modules

First year 

  • Constitutional Law
  • Legal Systems
  • Administrative Law
  • Histories of the Extraordinary and the Everyday
  • Modern History
  • Medieval Europe

Second year 

  • Lawyers in Society
  • Law with Ethics
  • Law in Action or Family Law
  • Historical Sources and Debates
  • Right-Wing Movements in Interwar-Europe
  • Imperialism and Empire

Third year 

  • Dissertation
  • Gender, Sexuality and Law
  • Healthcare Law
  • International Human Rights
  • International Law
  • Globalisation and the Environment
  • Jurisprudence
  • Transnational Crime
  • Religion, Rebellion and the Raj
  • The Making of Modern Germany

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

History A summary of the total credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year across both of your Principal Subjects. This document has information about History modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

 

Law  A summary of the total credit requirements (60) per year for Law only is as follows. Bear in mind you will take a total of 120 credits in 8 modules in each academic year. (You need a minimum of 90 subject credits - compulsory plus optional - each year across both of your Principal Subjects. The other 30 credits may be in subject related modules or elective modules in other disciplines.) This document has information about Law modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

 

Year

Compulsory in Law

Optional in Law

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

60

0

0

0

0

2

0

45

60

0

15

3

0

45

60

0

15

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

History Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Defining Moments in History, c.1000-2000

30

Modern History

15

 

 

History, Media and Memory

15

   

Medieval Europe

15

   

Princes and Peoples: European History

c. 1490-1700

15

   

Anglo-Saxon England

15

   

American Past (AMS-coded)

15

 

Law Year 1 (level 4)

Students on this Combined Honours programme take two set core Law modules in semester 1 (Legal Skills and Public Law 1) and two modules as required by their other Principal Subject programme. In semester 2, students take Legal Systems and Public Law 2 plus two modules as required by their other principal subject programme.

One benefit of this arrangement is that if you change your mind at the end of Level 4 (Year 1) and decide that you would prefer to pursue a Single Honours degree in Law, you may seek a transfer to that programme in the second year if you wish (when you will be able to study the Tort modules that you will have missed in Level 4 (Year 1)). Bear in mind, however, that any such application to transfer to the Single Honours Law Programme after original entry to Combined Honours is at the discretion of the Law School. You must make formal application in the Spring semester of Level 4 (Year 1) when your request will be considered by the Admissions Tutor in the Law School. Please note that your performance in Level 4 (Year 1) in your other Principal Subject will be one factor to be considered.

In Law: Compulsory

Credits

Compulsory/Optional/Elective in subject 2

Credits

Legal Skills

15

Module 1

15

Public Law 1: Constitutional Law

15

Module 2

15

Legal Systems

15

Module 3

15

Public Law 2: Administrative Law

15

Module 4

15

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

 

History Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Sources and Debates

15

State & Empire in Britain, c.1530- c.1720

15

   

Castle and Cloister in Medieval Europe, c. 900-1250

15

   

Right-Wing Movements in Interwar-Europe 1918-1938

15

   

Imperialism & Empire

15

   

Power in the Modern World

15

   

Natural Cultures: Humans and their Environments since 1700

15

   

The History of the Camp: From the GULAG to The Jungle

15

   

New World in Chains1

15

   

History of the US in C201

15

1 These modules have a module code starting ‘AMS-‘

 

Law Year 2 (Level 5)

At Level 5 (Year 2), students take four modules in Law and four modules as required by the other Principal Subject.

In Law:

Optional

Credits

Law option 1

15

Law option 2

15

Law option 3

15

Law option 4 or elective module

15

   

Optional modules in Law may include:

 

Land Law 1

15

Contract 1

15

Criminal Law 1

15

Land Law 2

15

Contract 2

15

Criminal Law 2

15

Controversies in Intellectual Property Law

15

Introduction to Public International Law

15

Law and Emotion

15

Law and Ethics

15

Law in Action

15

Law, Science and Society

15

Lawyers in Society

15

Family Law

15

Mental Health Law

15

 

 

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

History Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

None

 

Dissertation

30

   

The English Civil War, c.1640-46

15

   

Health, illness and Medicine 1628-1808

15

   

Urban Lives in Modern Europe 1890-1914

15

   

Religion, Rebellion and the Raj

15

   

Gender and Sexuality in Georgian Britain

15

   

The Making of Middle Britain: A Northumbrian Nativity

15

   

Doctors and medicine 1808-1886

15

   

The Making of Contemporary Africa, I

15

   

Negotiating Nationalisms

15

   

Crisis, Conflict and Commerce 1

15

   

Spirituality and Social Change in the Eleventh Century, I

15

   

Urban Lives in Modern Europe, 1914-1939

15

   

Crisis, Rupture and Opportunity: German ‘Modernity’, 1900-1933 I

15

   

Eyes on the Prize: The Struggle for Civil Rights in America (AMS-coded)

15

   

Violence and Power in Civil War America

(AMS-coded)

15

   

The whole United States is southern! The Modern South and America (AMS-coded)

15

   

Violence and Power in Antebellum America

(AMS-coded)

15

 

Law Year 3 (Level 6)

At Level 6 (Year 3), students take four modules in Law and four modules as required by the other Principal Subject.

Students have opportunity to study a range of modern foreign languages at different levels, including up to University Certificate level by opting for elective modules in a particular language.

At Level 6 (Year 3), as part of your 120 credits, you will also be expected to take at least one Independent Study Project (ISP). Depending upon your degree this will be offered to you as either a compulsory or option module. You should discuss your ISP choices with your School(s).

In Law:

In Law: Optional/Elective

Credits

Law option 1

15

Law option 2

15

Law option 3

15

Law option 4 or elective module

15

   

Optional modules in Law may include:

 

Business Leases

15

Child Law

15

Commercial Law

15

Company Law

15

Dissertation (single module)

15

Dissertation (double module)

30

Employment Law

15

Evidence

15

Gender, Sexuality and Law

15

Healthcare Law

15

International Human Rights

15

Jurisprudence

15

Law and New Technology

15

Transnational Crime

15

Modules - Year Four

If you choose to specialise in History in your final year you may study the following modules:

Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation

30

The English Civil War, c.1640-46

15

   

Health, illness and Medicine 1628-1808

15

   

Urban Lives in Modern Europe 1890-1914

15

   

Religion, Rebellion and the Raj

15

   

Gender and Sexuality in Georgian Britain

15

   

The Making of Middle Britain: A Northumbrian Nativity

15

   

Doctors and medicine 1808-1886

15

   

The Making of Contemporary Africa, I

15

   

Negotiating Nationalisms

15

   

Crisis, Conflict and Commerce 1

15

   

Spirituality and Social Change in the Eleventh Century, I

15

   

Urban Lives in Modern Europe, 1914-1939

15

   

Crisis, Rupture and Opportunity: German ‘Modernity’, 1900-1933 I

15

   

Eyes on the Prize: The Struggle for Civil Rights in America (AMS)

15

   

Violence and Power in Civil War America

(AMS)

15

   

The whole United States is southern! The Modern South and America (AMS)

15

   

Violence and Power in Antebellum America

(AMS)

15

 

Students may choose to study elective modules which are offered as part of other programmes in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and across the University. These include:

  • Modules in other subjects closely related to History such as English Literature or Politics.
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest such as Criminology or Film Studies.
  • Modules designed to help students for whom it is not their first language to improve their use of English for Academic Purposes.
  • Modern foreign languages modules at different levels in French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese (Mandarin).
  • Free standing modules related to the development of graduate attributes, student volunteering, and studying abroad as part of the University’s exchange programme.

 

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az