Law and Political Theory

Module code: LW3430

How does the law relate to power? How does it interact with other institutions in society? Does it serve the interests of all equally, or does it favour particular groups? Do certain forms of ideology inform the law’s operation? What are the philosophical foundations for human rights?

These are the sort of questions that are explored in this module. This course is well suited to those interested in political theory, philosophy and exploring a subject matter critically and in-depth.

Topics covered

  • Marxist approaches to law
  • Biopolitical accounts of law
  • Animal rights and the law
  • The role of human dignity in the law

Learning

  • 40 hours of lectures
  • 8 hours of tutorials
  • 252 hours of guided independent study 

Assessment

  • Essay, 3,000 words (40%)
  • Essay, 4,000 words (60%)