Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3068: Law and Literature

This module descriptor refers to the 2013/4 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (12 weeks), term 2 (0 weeks) and term 3 (0 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Melanie Williams (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


The aim of this module is to provide you with an opportunity to explore a small number of literary sources for their ‘legal’, socio-legal or ethico-legal content – the examples permit a fresh and accessible approach to issues of criminal doctrine, medical ethics, legal sociology and legal history. Study will centre upon four short texts – a very short children’s book, a poem, an extract from a Shakespeare play and two short extracts from a novel. Two of these texts will be supported with DVD viewing.

You will not be required to have prior knowledge or to have taken any pre-requisites or co-requisites to take this module, which is suitable for specialist and non-specialist students.  The module is also suitable for interdisciplinary pathways.

Module created

October 2008

Last revised

April 2012