Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3155E: Law, Politics and Power

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s content may vary, it is envisaged that it will cover four topics organized under some or all of the following thematic headings in the order indicated. As the module will be team-taught, your study will be focussed on, and organized around, key linking questions and problems in order to support continuity and cohesive coverage.

  • The nature of law : historical manifestations; sociological and political foundations; concepts of society, social organisation and the role of rules; understanding critical perspectives and the use of theory;
  • Law, order and justice : law and the maintenance of order; law and regulation; theoretical perspectives on law and its relationship with justice; law, justice and political power;
  • Law and obedience, legality and legitimacy : questioning why we obey the law; law, order and civil disobedience; theoretical concepts of legality and legitimacy; the problem of unjust and evil laws;
  • Law, culture and humanity : law, text and context; legal rules and reductive analysis; law and humanity, law and humanities; cultural complexity within and beyond the law;
  • Law, politics and the state : law’s relationship with politics and economics; Marxist theory; Critical Legal Studies; theories of state and the role of law – Marxist, Fascist and liberal-democratic models;
  • Law and power, judgment and punishment : theories of law and power; law and judgment; law, coercion and punishment; law and violence;

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities11 x 1 hour lecture in first week of module to outline module format, ILOs and assessment
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities81 x 2 hour introductory lecture for each of 4 topic cycles
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities122 x 1.5 hour workshop for each of 4 topics (first tutor led; second student- led with tutor guidance)
Guided independent study328 hours reading before and/or after each lecture
Guided independent study484 hours reading before and after each workshop
Guided Independent Study49Reading, revision and preparation for the assessment

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Critical Legal Thinking: http://criticallegalthinking.com

Other Learning Resources

Lecture/ topic outlines, reading lists, further URL links and other material will be provided on ELE.