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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LAW2620 Law and Society

10 creditsClass Size: 320

Module manager: James Greenwood-Reeves

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Students must have passed LLB Level 1.


LAW1200Foundations of Law

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module is designed to introduce students to a law and society (or socio-legal) approach to the study of law, to teach them to recognise the importance of social context to legal analysis, and to equip them with the skills required to undertake socio-legal analysis and research.


Socio-legal (or law and society) approaches look at the law in the context of broader social and political theories and issues. The aim of this module is to introduce students to the diverse traditions and methods that come under this umbrella, as well as to the idea of situating law within its context.

Learning outcomes
By the end of the module students will be able to:
- identify a socio-legal approach and understand the reasons behind a socio-legal approach and method;
- critically discuss the law in terms of the different social contexts covered in the syllabus;
- demonstrate analytical and independent study skills;
- demonstrate effective oral communication and presentation skills;
- demonstrate ability in group work and in AV & IT skills.


The module content will build upon the theoretical insights covered in Foundations of Law at level 1. The module will open with a discussion of the socio-legal approach, what a socio-legal method involves, and how to ‘do’ law and social theory.

It will then proceed to exemplify this in relation to concrete examples. Specific topics will vary but will engage with the research interests of the School’s Centre for Law & Social Justice, namely disability, mental capacity, race, gender, social class, social care, access to justice, and discrimination.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours82.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)97.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

A formative assessment opportunity will be provided.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssaySummative: 100% assessed essay (choice of at least 2 questions, week 11 deadline)100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/09/2023


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