It is sometimes said that political theory concerns the questions of “who gets what and who says?”. In modern pluralistic societies an additional question arises: how can we live together peacefully in circumstances in which we disagree about how best to live? These issues are both political and legal. States, and increasingly the international domain, regulate citizens’ lives through law. The LLM in Legal and Political Theory – a unique collaboration between the Departments of Politics and Philosophy and the York Law School offers students the opportunity to study the core issues and approaches of political and legal theory and to consider the relations between them. The LLM in Legal and Political Theory aims to provide: *Opportunities to study some of the enduring questions of political life including: By what right do some people rule over others?; What is the relationship of law and morality?; Do citizens have an obligation to obey the law?; and, What is the just distribution of rights and socio-economic goods and opportunities within states and globally? *Opportunities to choose from a wide range of Option Modules in Law, Politics, and Philosophy *The opportunity to write an independent dissertation on a topic of your choosing supervised by a member of the academic staff
At the end of the course students will: *Have a critical understanding of the central questions of legal and political theory and of the works of the great legal and political theorists both past and present who have examined these questions *Have knowledge of the fundamental questions of jurisprudence and of how these connect to issues of political theory *Understand the distinctive methodologies of the study of legal and political theory
The taught programme, which can also be taken Part Time over two years, is organised around three Core modules that run through the first two Terms and provide the foundations of the study of legal and political theory. In addition, students take Option modules in subjects of their choosing. In the third Term and over the summer, students write a Dissertation. Each student is allocated a Personal Advisor who will help you to tailor the programme to suit your individual interests. Teaching is done through small groups led by members of the academic staff.
Structure of the Programme
The LLM in Legal and Political Theory taught programme of one year (or two years if taken part time). The LLM is made up of 180 credits. 120 credits are studied through a mix of compulsory and optional taught modules. The remaining 60 credits are obtained through undertaking a 13,000 word dissertation. The programme is structured in the following way: *Autumn Term: 60 credits (Foundational Issues in Legal Theory; Approaches to Political Theory; and one 20 credit option module) *Spring Term: 60 credits (Advanced Issues in Legal Theory; and two 20 credit option modules) *Summer Term/Summer: 60 credits (Dissertation, including research training)
On the LLM programme you will be taught using a wide variety of modern teaching and learning methods. Through rigorous academic study you will engage with theoretical, applied and practical studies, ensuring that you develop a deep understanding of legal political theory.
Careers and employability
The LLM programme will prepare you to pursue a wide variety of careers, both within and outside the legal profession as well as further research through doctoral studies.