Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2118: Law, Politics and (Dis)Order

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (12 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Sarah Cooper (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module deconstructs the legal political nexus and explores the constitutional and empirical relationship between law and politics, and will be undertaken through an analysis of the role of law, its implementation in a political context, and attempts to shape and change legislation both inside and outside of government. Themes addressed throughout the course will include the distinction between rule and role of law in governance, the relationship between the law, (dis)order and social change, and the influence of politics in the court and judicial process. These areas of academic interest will be accompanied by in depth case studies such as social change and sexual harassment, public inquiries and the Iraq War, and judicial review of stop and search policing powers. Although primarily studying the separation of powers within a UK context, the module will draw in additional international comparisons, such as the US, to consider the interface between law and politics in alternative jurisdictions. No prior knowledge of the judicial system is required, and the module is recommended for both politics and interdisciplinary pathways.

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