Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3155: Law, Politics and Power

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


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (12 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Stephen Skinner (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


How can we understand the relationships between law and politics in modern society? How do law and its connections with the State change according to the political ideology that underpins them? How has the relationship between law and politics been represented in different sorts of system over time, such as liberal democracy, Communism and Fascism? What is meant by the ‘rule of law’ and its supposed foundations in equality and the restraint of the State? What is meant by populism today and to what extent is liberal democracy in danger? This module is designed to give you the opportunity to explore the nature and role of law in society and its relationships with politics, to question your assumptions about law as an instrument of government and a source of protection, and to develop your own critical understanding of law as the product of particular socio-political, theoretical and historical contexts. In so doing, the module will give you the chance to deepen your understanding of law’s role in some of the most challenging political developments of the 20th and 21st centuries.


The module is designed with both law and non-law students in mind. You do not require any particular background in law, politics or related theoretical disciplines and the module will enable you to build on the knowledge you have acquired in your studies so far. As such, the module is suitable for students from a range of backgrounds and will be particularly useful for you if you are interested in developing a theoretical and interdisciplinary approach to your studies. This is a module for self-motivating students who enjoy the challenge of reading and participating in discussions.

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