Keele University

Keele University

Law and Society

The purpose of the programme is to enable students to gain an understanding of law and legal institutions from an interdisciplinary social science perspective. It focuses on the wide range of research which is covered by the term law and society, from empirical studies of the workings of law to cultural studies of law. The course enables students to think critically about the wide range of research methods and approaches that are used by those interested in law and society.

Entry requirements

The course is open to all graduates with a 1st or 2nd class honours degree. International students whose 1st language is not English must have IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Course modules

Semester 1: introduction to moral and legal concepts; autonomy and paternalism; foundations and principles of child care; contemporary issues in child care law and practice; foundations of human rights; equality, discrimination and minorities; the emergence of safeguarding adults; safeguarding adults: interventions; international law; introduction to international economic law; international environmental law. Semester 2: life and death; public health; children and medicine; youth justice; children looked after; human rights in a global market; human rights and global politics; mental capacity; safeguarding and carers; community outreach and socio-legal advocacy; quantitative research and data analysis; qualitative research and data analysis; international law and human rights.

Assessment methods

Assessment of the taught modules is by means of coursework. This requires a written assignment of 5,000 words for each module. The pass mark is 50% and students must pass each of the modules in order to progress to the dissertation. The final form of assessment is the dissertation, which is an extended (15,000 � 20,000 words) and in-depth piece of writing that brings together all of the skills that students have learned throughout the programme.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
LLM Full-time £ 5,520 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
LLM Full-time £ 13,225 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
LLM Part-time £ 2,990 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
Part-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Keele Campus Keele ST5 5BG West Midlands

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