Caring and the Law

Module code: LW3301

Caring and the Law aims to explore whether, and if so how, law is structured around a version of the human person who is an independent, able bodied, autonomous individual. Alternative perspectives are investigated as to what it means to be a person, particularly by ethic of care theorists.

You will explore certain aspects of care in a variety of areas of life and law with different notions of persons as interdependent, dependent on care and vulnerable. In tutorials students will showcase their knowledge through a poster, presentation or written report.

Topics covered

  • Definitions (care, carers and cared for)
  • Theoretical perspectives 
  • Caring and the family
  • Caring and employment
  • Adult social care
  • Children in care
  • Care in international law
  • Care and Brexit

Learning

  • 18 hours of lectures
  • 4 hours of tutorials
  • 128 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Essay, 4,000 words (100%)