Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3141: Law and the Mind

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 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Richard Bowyer (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


In this module you will examine a range of different philosophical and psychoanalytic perspectives on law and explore questions such as: Where does law come from? How does law affect our behaviour? How does our behaviour affect law? And how might we conceive of law differently? You will engage with texts by Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan and Judith Butler (amongst others), giving you a grounding in critical theory, and you will reflect on your own understanding of law and re-think (or ‘un-think’) what it means to have law or be subject to law. You do not need to have studied law, philosophy, or psychoanalysis before, but you will need to be prepared for the reading and discussion of texts. This module would be of particular interest to you if you are looking for something different in the study of law, or if you are looking to engage with legal theory in new and exciting ways.

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