Law and Philosophy 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

Law and Philosophy complement each other perfectly, since both require close textual analysis, debating skills, attention to detail, and skill in argument construction of the kind for which a study of philosophical logic provides the perfect foundation. 

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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UCAS code: MV15

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Course Overview

The Law component of the programme allows the freedom to choose courses tailored to students’ own interests and career aspirations. It provides an understanding of the operation of the law and legal processes in their social, political, ethical, historical and comparative contexts. Keele has been one of the most renowned centres for the study of Philosophy in England since WWII.

The programme explores central themes such as moral philosophy, epistemology and political philosophy, considering key philosophical problems and the various solutions proposed.

You will have the opportunity to take part in mooting (practising oral arguments), client interviewing and to work as a Community Legal Companion, within the innovative CLOCK programme, which was pioneered at Keele, as well as the potential to volunteer and/or gain work experience with external agencies.

What will this mean for my future?

These opportunities will strengthen and diversify your skills, experience and your CV. You’ll enhance your logical and critical thinking skills, developing the use of sound arguments and explore multiple approaches to problem solving. There are varied opportunities across the private sector, local and national governments, charities, in law or in media or the arts, as well as the potential for further study.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Legal Skills 
  • Public Law 
  • Legal Systems 
  • Public Law 
  • Ten Problems of Philosophy 
  • Ancient Philosophy 
  • Moral Philosophy

Second year

  • The Pursuit of Good
  • Philosophy of Mind 
  • Epistemology and Metaphysics 
  • Philosophy of Science 
  • Four modules in law from a selection including: Crime, Land, Contract (double modules), Lawyers in Society, Introduction to Public International Law, Law with Ethics, Law in Action or Family Law.

Third year

  • Epistemology and Metaphysics II 
  • Philosophy of Art 
  • Rorty and the Mirror of Nature 
  • Philosophy of Language 
  • Dissertation 
  • Four modules in Law

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

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

 

Philosophy  Each year you MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Philosophy. In years 1 and 2 this is achieved by taking two compulsory modules and one optional module. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject. Your remaining 30 credits may be selected from the list of Philosophy optional modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of elective modules provided by other disciplines.

 

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

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

 

Philosophy Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional Modules

Credits

10 Problems of Philosophy

15

Ancient Philosophy

15

How to Think

15

Continental Philosophy

15

   

Moral Philosophy

15

   

Justice, Authority and Power

15

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

 

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

 

Philosophy Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional Modules

Credits

Pursuit of the Good

15

Philosophy of Religion

15

Epistemology and Metaphysics I

15

Philosophy of Mind

15

   

Philosophy of Science

15

   

Freedom and Equality

15

   

Work Experience in Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and Environment

15

 

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

 

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

 

Philosophy Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional Modules

Credits

None

 

Dissertation in Philosophy

30

   

Philosophy of Art

15

   

Rorty and the Mirror of Nature

15

   

Epistemology and Metaphysics II

15

   

Great Philosophers of the 20th Century

15

   

Philosophy of Language

15

   

Metaphysics

15

Modules - Year Four

If you choose to specialise in Philosophy in your final year, you will study the following modules:

 

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional Modules

Credits

Dissertation in Philosophy

30

Philosophy of Art

15

   

Rorty and the Mirror of Nature

15

   

Epistemology and Metaphysics II

15

   

Great Philosophers of the 20th Century

15

   

Philosophy of Language

15

   

Metaphysics

15

 

In addition to the programme-approved elective modules listed in this table, students may choose to study modules that are offered as part of other programmes in SPIRE and across the University. These include:

 

  • Modules in other subjects related to Philosophy such as Psychology and Sociology.
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest such as English, History, Politics, International Relations, or the Environment.
  • 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, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Chinese and Arabic.
  • Elective modules related to student volunteering, studying abroad as part of the University’s exchange programme, employability skills and personal development.

 

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