Law and Political Theory

Module code: LW3430

Module co-ordinator: Stefano Bertea 

Module Outline

Should we obey the law? What is the relationship between law and power? This course looks at areas of political theory and considers the ways in which these raise questions about law. In the first semester, the course considers work influenced by contemporary continental philosophy, such as Michel Foucault and contemporary readings of Spinoza by Gilles Deleuze and Moira Gatens. The second semester starts with a detailed consideration of anarchism. Finally, the work of contemporary legal theorists is employed to continue the analysis of whether we should obey the law.


  • 44 one-hour lectures
  • Eight one-hour tutorials


  • Essay 1, 3,000 words (40%)
  • Essay 2, 4,000 words (60%)