Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3144: Law, Architecture and Spatial Justice

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)

Academic staff

Dr Thanos Zartaloudis (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


There has been a growing theoretical interest in space over the past 40 years, and recently law and the study of the built environment and space more generally is becoming a new field of interest world-wide. The module will give you the opportunity to consider how law is exercised through space and how space is shaped by law.  We are used to thinking of space as a given, as simply a sort of container in which things happen.  However, in this module you will examine how it is that space is formed and constructed by human activity, with particular reference to its legal expression. In stating this, two things should be kept in mind: first, that in being exercised through space, law has an impact upon what space actually is. Second that space is a thing in itself and, as such, puts up some resistance to law – meaning that law is shaped by space, just as space is shaped by law. In interrogating this growing field of interest you are going to explore a number of different subjects such as: (1) Zoning Regulations (2) The Right to the City; (3) The Uses of Public Space; (3) Refugee and Detention Camps; (4) Forensic Architecture and Crimes Against Humanity; (5) Digital Spaces; (6) The Policing of the Urban City; (7) Surveillance Spaces; (8) The Space of Global Law; and (9) Territorial Sovereignty.

The module will be an optional module on the third year of the LLB and is suitable for non-specialist students. It is recommended to those wishing to specialise in public law, planning law, environmental law and those wishing to gain an interdisciplinary understanding of the way law and space interact. Students with an interest in legal geography, architecture, studies of urbanization, and urban justice studies would also benefit from this module.

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