The MA in Law, Culture and Society allows students to study the relationships between law, society and cultural belief, broadly conceived. It gives students the opportunity to study direct impact of the law on commercial and governmental cultures, as well as the interactions between feminism and legal theory, and ethnic minorities and the law, amongst many others. All SOAS modules are designed not only to introduce students to the general fields of law, but also to provide an understanding of how generic legal structures and processes may operate in non-Western social and cultural settings. All teachers on modules offered at SOAS are experts in their designated field. Many have years of experience advising governments, international organisations or non-governmental organisation, and many also have been or continue to be legal practitioners.
To facilitate the study of law, all MA students are required to attend a two-week Preliminary Law, Legal Reasoning and Legal Methods in the September before beginning the MA programme.
Every student will be required to take modules equivalent to four (4.0) full units including the dissertation. Students who wish to graduate with a specialised MA are required to take at least two (2.0) of the three (3.0) taught units within their chosen specialism. The third unit can be chosen from either the general Law Postgraduate Modules List or the following modules associated with the Law, Culture and Society specialisation:
Please note: Not all modules listed will be available every year. Please see the individual module page for information.
Full Module Units (1.0):
Alternative Dispute Resolution - 15PLAC104 (1 Unit) Critical Jurisprudence in Islamic Law and Society - 15PLAC176 (1 Unit) Feminist Legal Theory - 15PLAC155 (1 Unit) International and Comparative Copyright Law: Copyright in the global village - 15PLAC115 (1 Unit) International Law and Equality Rights - 15PLAC169 (1 Unit) Law and Development in Africa - 15PLAC160 (1 Unit) Law and Society in the Middle East and North Africa - 15PLAC130 (1 Unit) Law and Society in South Asia - 15PLAC129 (1 Unit) Law, Institutions and Political Economy of Transition - 15PLAC134 (1 Unit) Multinational Enterprises and the Law - 15PLAC140 (1 Unit)
Half Module Units (0.5):
Chinese Constitutionalism - 15PLAH043 (0.5 Unit) Comparative Constitutional Law - 15PLAH046 (0.5 Unit) Foundations of Chinese Law - 15PLAH045 (0.5 Unit) Gender, Armed Conflict and International Law - 15PGNH005 (0.5 Unit) Law & Critique - 15PLAH053 (0.5 Unit) Law and Post-Colonial Theory - 15PLAH050 (0.5 Unit) Migration, Gender and the Law in South East Asia and Beyond - 15PLAH023 (0.5 Unit) Religion & Comparative Constitutionalism - 15PLAH052 (0.5 Unit)
Dissertation (1.0): Dissertation in Law - 15PLAC999 - (1 Unit)
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