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University of Kent: Law (Law and Society)

Institution University of Kent
Department Kent Law School
Telephone 01227 768896
Study type Taught


This pathway is specifically concerned with how law operates in practice. It will provide students with theoretical and interdisciplinary perspectives on law and society and encourage students to question how the law facilitates (or undermines) social justice at the local, national and international level.

It enables you to select from a range of modules offered by Kent Law School and the School of Social Policy, Sociology, and Social Research (SSPSSR) at the University of Kent, giving you the opportunity to critically analyse the role of law in contemporary global society, to study and understand key issues in legal and social policy, and to develop research and data analysis skills used in contemporary socio-legal research. It is suited to anyone who is interested in a career in a field which requires a sophisticated understanding of the operation of law in society, with skills in legal and social research, including students from non-legal backgrounds who would like to develop their research skills. It also provides an excellent foundation for students interested in progressing to PhD study.

In addition to learning the detail of the law, students at Kent Law School are taught to think about the law with regard to its history, development and relationship with wider society. The modules associated with this pathway enable you to study areas of contemporary relevance, to understand and interrogate their legal, ethical, and societal dimensions, and to learn skills for the creation of new knowledge about the operation and impact of law. Although the modules associated with the pathway can vary, this can include topics such an human rights law, migration, health law, law and science, law and economy, law and development, and social research methods.


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