Undergraduate Module Descriptor


LAW3155: Law, Politics and Power

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Aims

The aim of the module is to give you the opportunity to question the nature of law and its place in society through active discussion of a range of critical and theoretical perspectives. Drawing on the teaching team’s research expertise, the module aims to enable you to develop your own critical, research-based perspectives and to provide you with unique interdisciplinary learning opportunities, as it is envisaged that the innovative cyclical pattern of lectures and interactive workshops will engender particularly rich discussions. Focusing on the development of independent student research skills, critical thinking, and specifically the use of critical theoretical approaches to challenge assumptions, the module aims to give you the opportunity to develop capacities that are particularly valued by employers. 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate a thorough and critical knowledge and understanding of various theories of law, using a wide range of appropriate concepts, interpretative techniques and terminology
2. Research a legal question independently and demonstrate competence in applying relevant theories selectively and critically in order to formulate and evaluate a response to it
3. Demonstrate detailed and accurate understanding of some of the relevant legal practice, social, economic, political, historical, philosophical, ethical and cultural contexts within which theories of law have been developed and operate
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Make an independent and effective critical judgement about the merits and relevance of particular information and make reasoned choices between alternative solutions or arguments
5. Communicate technical legal information and argument effectively, concisely and reflectively, orally and in writing, in an appropriate manner and in task-specific ways
Personal and Key Skills6. Identify, retrieve and use, independently and efficiently, a range of library-based and electronic resources with minimum guidance
7. Manage time independently and efficiently in preparing for learning activities, to be proactive in developing own learning, and to work independently within a limited time frame to complete a specified task