LLM Law and Reproduction

Students studying in the library

Module leader:  Dr Sheelagh McGuinness

Module description:

This module gives students the opportunity to gain knowledge and critical understanding of the relationship between law and reproduction in England and Wales and in some other jurisdictions. The course will be grounded in a socio-legal approach, allowing students to think critically and analytically about the historical, cultural, and ethical underpinnings of regulation of reproduction.

Although the focus will be on reproduction the course will give students the opportunity to think critically about the interplay between public and private choices and also to consider the differences between personal choices and policy considerations. The course will do this by introducing students to pro and anti natalist ideology, a consideration of the historical regulation of abortion, and concluding with recent debates regarding the regulation of assisted reproduction.

Methods of assessment

Modules on the LLM programmes will be assessed in one of the following ways. As this website is set up in advance, it is not possible to specify which method of assessment will be implemented for each module.


  • One 6000 word essay


  • One 3-hour written examination

If you'd like to find out how a module will be assessed in the forthcoming academic year please contact the LLM Programmes Administrator at Law-LLM@contacts.bham.ac.uk.



Modules and Courses are constantly updated and under review. As with most academic programmes, please remember that it is possible that a module may not be offered in any particular year, for instance because a member of staff is on study leave or too few students opt for it. The University of Birmingham reserves the right to vary or withdraw any course or module.