LLM Socio-Legal Theory

Module leader: Dr Emma Oakley

Teaching and assessment (2017-18): Semester 1, 1 x 6,000 word essay

Module description:

Socio-Legal Theory introduces students to the key theoretical perspectives that support law and society research. The module will introduce students to the classical sociological thinkers that influenced the development of socio-legal research, sociological jurisprudence, American realism, structuralism and systems theory, critical perspectives, feminist legal theory and queer theory, the interpretive tradition, postmodernism and legal pluralism. 

Seminar topics:

  • Introduction to Law and Society
  • The emergence of law and society
  • Structuralist approaches to law and society
  • Critical perspectives on law and society 1 (ideology and legal consciousness)
  • Critical perspectives on law and society 2 (critical theory)
  • Interpretive approaches to law and society
  • Postmodernism and law 
  • Feminist Legal Theory
  • Queer Theory and Law
  • Legal pluralism and Globalisation