Law and Politics 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

 Keele is one of the UK’s leading law schools, with an impressive list of alumni practising law at the highest levels.

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: LM21

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Course Overview

Our law degree examines law in its social, political, ethical, historical and international contexts. You’ll explore core legal subjects such as crime, torts, contract, land, equity and public law, developing your understanding of the rules which structure relationships between governments and citizens, and between private individuals. You’ll study principles and doctrines of English and European and International law and have plenty of opportunities to develop your practical skills. You can take part in mooting (practising oral arguments), client interviewing, and work as a Community Legal Companion, within the innovative CLOCK programme, which was pioneered at Keele. Students taking a combined honours degree will graduate with a BA or BSc, which is not a qualifying law degree. 

On the Politics programme, you’ll learn by addressing current issues and debates of political concern, ensuring the relevance of your learning to modern life. Politics is of vital importance to all of us in our daily lives. It concerns fundamental choices about the ways in which societies are organised and the way we are governed. Politics is not just the concern of politicians. It is about big issues such as the environment and human rights. Political engagement can change lives and encourage changes in government in the UK and elsewhere. Politics at Keele seeks to understand society and the events and forces which shape it, engaging with questions of power, justice, conflict, legitimacy, accountability, and governance. You will explore why citizens are increasingly disillusioned with politics; what a democracy is; when and how it’s legitimate to protest; and the effects of different models of government. You can tailor your studies to your interests, whether theoretical, historical or oriented to specific issues.

What will this mean for my future?

After further study or training you might work as a company secretary, chartered accountant, tax advisor or in business. You might also work in the police service or pursue a career with a charity or in international relations.

Politics at Keele is informed by our research expertise in environmental politics, security studies, European and American politics. You might work as a politician’s assistant, a researcher for an MP or think-tank, or a public-affairs consultant. You could work in the civil service, in local government, or for a campaigning or lobbying group. A wide range of other employers also see a politics degree as evidence of your ability to think critically, take a balanced approach, make reasoned arguments and collaborate with colleagues, so many graduates go into careers like journalism or management.

At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Law and Politics.

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

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

 

 

Politics Year 1 (Level 4) (minimum of 3 modules to be taken)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Why Politics Matters

15

Debates in US Politics

15

Modern Democracies

15

Justice, Authority and Power

15

   

Introduction to International Relations

15

   

Securing Global Order

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

 

Politics Year 2 (Level 5) (minimum of 3 modules to be taken)

Optional modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

US Politics

15

British Politics

15

Russian Politics

15

Politics of the European Union

15

Elections, Parties and Voters

15

Freedom and Equality

15

Environmental Politics and Policy

15

Why Policy Changes

15

Contemporary International Relations

Theory

15

International Organization

15

The Modern Middle East

15

African Politics

15

International Relations of Eurasia

15

The Practice of Politics

15

The Practice of Politics

15

Work Experience

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

 

Politics Year 3 (Level 6) (2 or more modules)

Optional modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation module

30

Russia and Europe

15

The Extreme Right in Western Europe

15

The Left in Modern Politics

15

Environmental Politics in the USA

15

Modern Russia

15

The Northern Dimension

15

Proliferation

15

Environmentalism, Environmental

Movements and Protest

15

Britain and war since 1945: War, Cold War

And Society

15

The Missing Dimension

15

Politics of Development

15

Israel-Palestine: Key Debates and Issues

15

Policing International Order

15

Gendering Global Politics

15

Understanding Terrorism and Counter-

terrorism

15

The U.S. Presidency

15

Urban Politics

15

Modules - Year Four

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

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation module

30

Modern Russia

15

   

Environmental Politics in the USA

15

   

The Left in Modern Politics

15

   

The Extreme Right in Western Europe

15

   

Russia and Europe

15

   

The Northern Dimension

15

   

The Missing Dimension

15

   

Politics of Development

15

   

Israel-Palestine: Key Debates and Issues

15

   

Policing International Order

15

   

Gendering Global Politics

15

   

Britain and War since 1945: War, Cold War

And Society

15

   

Understanding Terrorism and Counter-

terrorism

15

   

The U.S. Presidency

15

   

Urban Politics

15

 

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