A range of national and transnational crises are addressed through welfare-centred models of responding to human need, suffering and 'deviance'. These crises include people seeking asylum, populations in need arising out of conflicts or natural disasters, populations subject to pandemics, and communities in social and economic crisis. This programme offers you the opportunity to study the legal and wider social and economic structures that determine the responses to these crises.
There is an increasing privatisation of formerly state-based responses to social and economic crises. There is also a globalisation of strategies and mechanisms of governance: a transnational flow of technologies for addressing social welfare demands and needs. This is the only programme in the UK that responds to these developments by combining the focus on governmental responses to human suffering and need with the study of private sector organisations delivering services to populations in crisis.
Human need and suffering is increasingly the catalyst for local and transnational protest movements. This programme brings Birkbeck's avowedly critical approach to questions concerning the 'commons', as well as to the political and juridical questions concerning natural resources, water and food.
Why study this course at Birkbeck?
Our new intensive programme is ideal if you are unable to follow a weekly course of study. It offers a unique combination of policy-centred expertise and wider theoretical study of structures of governance and regulation. You will train in the critical examination of the law, institutions and practice that constitute global and local responses to human need and suffering. This degree is taught by established experts on theory and practice in the field. It introduces you to a broad geographical and institutional spectrum, from the UK to the EU and from South Asia to Africa. The School of Law is an internationally recognised centre for critical and interdisciplinary legal research. It provides an exciting and innovative environment for a wide range of research with a strong theoretical and policy focus. The School of Law is the home of Birkbeck Law Press and publishes Law and Critique: The International Journal of Critical Legal Thought. We use technology, such as electronic learning environments, to enhance teaching and learning. Birkbeck Library has an extensive collection of books, journals and electronic resources in law and related disciplines such as economics, politics and sociology. You can also take advantage of the rich research collections nearby, including those of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Senate House Library, the British Library of Political and Economic Science (LSE Library) and the British Library.
Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.
Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.
We are among the top 10 law schools in the UK and in the top 3 in London in the Times Higher Education 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rankings, while our research environment was judged conducive to producing research of the highest quality.
Law Postgraduate Fee Awards may be awarded by the College on the recommendation of the School’s Research Committee to candidates with an outstanding academic record who shows high potential for strong performance on one of the School’s Master's programmes. The awards will cover the cost of fees only at the home/EU rate. Where an award is made to an international student, the student will be liable for the balance of their fees for the duration of their programme of study. There is no maintenance award.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Cost of fees at the home/EU rate only
Awards may be made for full-time or part-time study and to Home, EU students or International students. Where an award is made to an international student the student will be liable for the balance of their fees for the duration of their programme of study. Candidates will be expected to fulfil similar academic criteria to those demanded by external funding bodies. They will normally possess at least an upper second class honours degree or equivalent and not normally have previously completed a Postgraduate Taught Programme. The competition is open to new students only.
Before you can apply for this funding, you must submit an application to the College for one of our eligible master's programmes. Candidates will be considered for admission first, and for the award only after they have been offered a place (at least conditionally) onto the programme. Once you have been offered a place, you can apply using the relevant application form
Good second-class honours degree in law or a related discipline. We welcome other relevant qualifications and appropriate professional training and experience. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
Part-time home/EU students: £ 3975 pa Full-time home/EU students: £ 7950 pa
Recipient: Birkbeck, University of London
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