Three years full-time.
Four and a half to nine years part-time.
112 UCAS tariff points (or above)
- Sociology connects with the reality of the skills needed for careers in a range of sectors.
- Small class sizes in modern facilities, including our iconic Waterfront Building.
- Benefit from multi-disciplinary experienced academics and course tutors.
- Combined degree allows you to acquire legal knowledge with a grounding in sociology.
- Technology and sociology modules keep up-to-date with the changing world.
- Opportunities to network and gain experience with legal services providers, including legal practitioners.
Drawing on a multi-disciplinary team of experienced academics at the University of Suffolk, this dynamic combined course exposes students to the study of law in social, political and economic contexts, and in its broader international and transnational dimensions.
Teaching here is research led and prepares you for the changing environment, in terms of both your prospective employability and your continuous self-development. You will develop skills in legal reasoning and in the use of legal principles to solve problems.
As part of your learning, you will have the opportunity to practice your skills in seminars, workshops, moots and debates to further enhance your practical skills and experience.
This combined degree allows considerable opportunity to acquire legal knowledge in core foundation legal subjects while broadening your education with core subjects in sociology and an additional option in law.
The sociology modules will broaden your understanding of law in society and equip you with skills to use empirical approaches examine the impact of law on society.
Typical course content will follow the below format, with some optional modules being available subject to appropriate student numbers and specialist staff availability
Level 4 All Mandatory Law and Sociology Modules
Level 5 All Mandatory Law and Sociology Modules Plus one law option (from the law options list below which may be taken at either level 5 or 6) AND two Sociology options from the level 5 options below
Level 6 All Mandatory Law and Sociology Modules Plus one law option AND one criminology option from the level 6 options below.
Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.
Students will engage with the techniques of legal reasoning used in the common law world, the law-making process and the sources of law in England and Wales. This module also introduces students to the nature of legal obligations (contract and torts) and the principles and sources of EU Law. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to apply legal knowledge in practical exercises such as mooting and alternative dispute mechanisms.
Public law is multifaceted and students will engage with a range of issues to include the relationship between the individual and the state, the effect of membership of the EU, devolution within the United Kingdom and the significance of judicial review. Students will be able assess the significance of human rights in constitutional and administrative law, with due reference to the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998.
This module examines the concepts and principles of criminal law in England and Wales. It covers the general principles of criminal law and the substantive law concerning a range of offences. Students will be able assess the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998 on criminal law. Students will be equipped to interpret and apply cases and statutes to legal problems and engage critically with academic legal discourse.
Social Science Research Skills aims to give students an introduction to social science research methods, in addition to progressing important study skills during Level 4. Social Science Research Skills provides the foundation for the Level 5 Quantitative and Qualitative Data modules.
This module is concerned with making the everyday strange and the far away near so as to gain a better grasp on key aspects of social life. This leads into a key concern of sociology with questions of power and inequality.
Students will examine the development and function of the law of torts in society. The module places considerable emphasis on the current applications of legal principles, policy and academic discourses in this branch of the law of obligations. Very complex sets of social relationships are governed by legal concepts of duty, harm and compensation. The module also engages with the impact of human rights and EU law on tortious liability.
Students will examine the principles, policies and practical applications of contract law from a variety of perspectives. They will develop a thorough understanding of how contractual obligations are formed and regulated, how legal principles and concepts are used to identify and resolve legal problems, and the function of contracts in society and the economy. The module also addresses the dimensions of contract law that are shaped by the impact of EU law.
This module examines the laws and principles that comprise EU law and determine implementation in member states. The module covers the key aspects of EU law that have significant effect on social and economic activities - freedom of movement of people, goods and services, competition, and external relations. Students will also develop a sound understanding of the role of fundamental principles in EU law such as non-discrimination and equality.
Social Theory provides students with the opportunity to engage with the ideas of a range of important theorists from the late 20th and early 21st centuries, allowing for an engagement with the insightful, often challenging and sometimes counter-intuitive perspectives that come from a range of contemporary social theorists.
Questionnaire Design and Analysis provides students with the skills to carry out research of sufficient quality and rigour to complete their independent studies. The module aims to promote a critical and questioning approach, provide students with an advanced awareness of SPSS in addition to ethical concerns, reliability and validity in research.
Qualitative Research Design and Analysis serves as a basis for the Dissertation research at Level 6, providing students with the opportunity to develop and apply skills in managing, collecting, analysing and reporting qualitative data. Students will identify and discuss ethical considerations relating to qualitative research.
Understanding and ability to conduct a secondary quantitative data analysis is very useful to students of social sciences. This module continues on from the level 4 Social Science Research Skills Module, looking to provide students with the skills to carry out research of sufficient quality and rigour to complete their own independent studies.
Students will develop a solid understanding of the historical and theoretical foundations of English land law and of the current legal principles and concepts in use today. The module examines the development of the legal frameworks regulating property in land, including the normalisation of the registration of titles. The module explores and examines the different forms in which property rights in land arise and the mechanism used to accommodate developments.
Students will develop a solid understanding of the principles and concepts used in the law of trusts in England and Wales, covering the main forms of trust property. The module examines the development and current application of the fundamental maxims in equity, using both primary legal sources and academic discourses. The module also contextualises equity and trusts by facilitating understanding of the historical, social, political and economic functions of this area of law.
This module consolidates the legal research skills developed and enables students in to undertake independent research and write a dissertation. Students will develop their research proposals with support from a supervisor with knowledge of the subject area. Students will be able to develop advanced skills in doctrinal, theoretical and empirical methodologies to inform the development of their research and the writing of their dissertation.
Material culture is one very important element with considerable contemporary interest that will be examined in this module. This aspect will be linked to the wider perspective of material civilization. The other major approach is to explore major contributions to the study of technology, especially the debate about social construction and technological determinism. The module will take a broad definition of technology to include the important mundane material world (tables, chairs, pavements) alongside contemporary communications technologies (mobile phones, Internet).
Gender and sexuality are an everyday experience for most people and impact on their daily lives. However, great complexity surrounds gender and sexuality in a contemporary society and culture. The module will consider theoretical aspects, as well as, it will look at different ways of researching gender and sexuality.
The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the central debates in the sociology of law. This subject has developed into a branch of jurisprudence that is concerned with the origins, functions, practice, and justifications of law in society and is often seen in contrast to analytical and normative jurisprudence.
This module examines the concept of human rights from legal, philosophical and sociological perspectives. It will explore the national, international and comparative dimensions of human rights discourse and legal protection with an emphasis on substantive themes of direct relevance to criminal justice. Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of the key strands in the philosophy of human rights, the principal legal human rights regimes, and appreciate that human rights is a contested field.
Students will engage with the origins, sources and application of international law in public matters. The module examines the law that governs international organisations such the United Nations and the role of international courts and tribunals in the interpretation of international treaties. This module engages with the application of international law in areas such as border disputes, the law of the sea, foreign direct investment, environmental protection (including developments in relation to climate change), armed conflict, refugees, human rights violations and international criminal law.
Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of substantive international law, it administrative and enforcement mechanisms and the range of theoretical perspectives on its history, purpose and effectiveness. This subject has attracted considerable controversy in recent years, not least because of the number of conflicts involving states on different sides of the political and legal arguments about the use and purpose of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Students will engage with the interaction between law and the commercial context in our understanding the development of corporate structures. Aspects of this module draw on material from other common law jurisdictions, such as Canada, the Republic of Ireland and Australia. In full recognition of the transnational nature of corporate activities, and the influence and impact of corporations on a wide range of issues that cross national borders and jurisdictions, this module engages recent developments in transnational law in relation to corporations.
This module examines the law of criminal evidence in England and Wales. As well as providing a comprehensive introduction to key evidential rules, the module will explore the rationale and policies for these rules and encourage a critical evaluation of them. Statutory provisions will be examined in detail together with key cases that interpret them and develop the law in this area.
This module takes a broad view of jurisprudence in order to engage with selected questions in legal reform – changes to legal frameworks, legal rules and legal principles to respond to particular challenges and problems. This module examines the jurisprudential underpinnings of legal reform as a feature of legal systems, and how law is used to address a range of contemporary challenges, including new technologies and climate change.
The module will provide a comprehensive introduction to key rules of criminal procedure, such as bail, venue and sentence through the use of realistic case studies which will develop throughout the course. These will commence with the decision to prosecute through to trial and sentence. Students will develop an ability to apply these procedural rules to further factual scenarios.
Students will develop a firm understanding of the purpose and function of civil rules in the litigation process and the bases for incorporating elements of ADR. The module uses practical situations to ground the application of legal knowledge. Students will also develop an ability to critically evaluate the purpose and function of civil procedures in terms of the wider social, political and economic context that informs legal reform in this area.
Intellectual property (IP) is a rapidly expanding area of private practice that is closely connected to the knowledge-based economy which is shaping the current economic and political order both domestically and globally. The subject concerns an area of law of detailed and structured study that requires specialist knowledge. The aim of this module is to provide students with a sound knowledge and understanding of the law of intellectual property.
Conscious of the ever-changing environment of the communication platforms in the digital age and key developments in UK law and the ECHR jurisprudence, the study examines central themes and new challenges currently observed. It covers the professional standards of conduct and monitoring systems of the media’s self-regulatory regimes for each medium platform. A distinction is made between political and commercial information that is communicated in the media to provide a separate examination of the varying legal standards that apply to different types of expression.
This module will provide students with an opportunity to undertake a placement in a firm or organisation that provides legal, or related, advice to either the public or other organisations. Placements could be in organisations in the private sector, public sector or voluntary sector. The student will need to complete an agreed number of hours within their placement organisation. As part of the placement, the student will either participate in or observe law related work in practice.
Examples of careers students may pursue include: legal practice (with further training for those intending to become Solicitors, Barristers, Chartered Legal Executives, Patent Attorneys or Trade Mark Attorneys), local government, criminal justice roles, social justice, financial services and journalism.
Fees and finance
- Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
- Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)
- International tuition fee: £11,790 p.a.
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112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC) or Access to HE Diploma - a minimum of 30 Level 3 credits at merit grade or above.
All applicants are required to hold GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above. Applicants who do not hold these qualifications may be considered on an individual basis based upon their overall application and the course applied for.
If you do not hold these qualifications please contact Admissions directly on 01473 338348 to discuss.
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If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.