Why ‘Law’?

How do UK and international legal systems operate, and what are their effects? What leads some people, but not others, into crime?

Modules in this sub-theme will help you understand crime, punishment, the law, regulation and legal systems in the UK and around the world. Some modules are directly focused on these aspects, whilst some look at how legal issues have been important in the past, or have been treated in art and literature. Other modules explore how legal systems interact with other aspects of human society, communities and cultures – eg what does the law mean for business, journalism and healthcare?

Make the most of your discovery modules

Remember, you should be aiming to to put together a good, coherent set of discovery modules, based on what you're most interested in. Here is a reminder of our two suggested approaches:

  1. Choose a range of modules that build up your knowledge around a particular theme. These might be all from one academic discipline, or they might offer different disciplinary perspectives on the same topics.
  2. Choose an academic discipline (eg law, ethics, sociology, theology, history) and choose a set of modules which will enable you progressively to deepen your skills in that discipline.

Once you have identified some possible modules to take, look at which school or subject-area is providing them. This will help you understand what perspective on the subject they will take, and what methods they will be using. This is important in helping you to understand what you should (and should not) expect from particular modules. For example:

  • If you want to understand how the law stands, and how legal systems operate today, you are probably looking for modules from the School of Law.
  • If you want to understand how legal disputes and criminality have had a pivotal influence in certain periods of history, you will be more likely to find this in modules from the School of History.
  • If what you are interested in is how these questions have in fact been approached in literature (English, various modern languages, classics), in art (fine art), or if you are interested in how different attitudes to religious issues shape people’s interactions and behaviour (sociology, psychology, criminology), there are different disciplines devoted to each of these approaches.
  • The first 4 characters of the module code tell you which subject area provides the module. 

If you’re attracted to this sub-theme, you might also like to explore the discovery modules in ‘Power and Conflict’.

Law modules

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This information is for the 2019/20 academic year. You can you use the filters to show only results that match your requirements.


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