Law and Sociology (4 years) (Full-Time)
Why study Law and Sociology at Warwick?
- This degree is jointly taught by Warwick School of Law and the Department of Sociology, both of which are consistently ranked by national and international league tables as amongst the best. Warwick School of Law is ranked 38th in the QS World University Rankings 2014/2015 and Sociology is ranked 23rd in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2014/2015 and 3rd in The Guardian University Guide 2015.
- Warwick School of Law pioneered – and continue to apply – a unique approach to the study of law: one that is contextual, comparative and international. Its approach provides an excellent foundation for students wishing to become solicitors or barristers, examining the impact of economic, cultural and political change on the law, as well as exploring the critical role the law can play in improving social and economic conditions in modern societies.
- An outstanding provider of teaching and learning, our Sociology department provides a first-rate environment for cutting-edge research. Its undergraduate programmes are designed and informed by high-calibre scholars, producing arguments, theories and ideas that are published and discussed around the world. We encourage our students to become active members of this lively research culture.
What will I learn?
This degree will develop your understanding of technical and doctrinal aspects of the law, sociological theory and research, and social institutions and practices. You will also gain a critical awareness of the role that law can play in modern societies.
The combined course offers both contextual and professional perspectives on the law, seeing legal institutions, ideas and processes as an important part of society. As well as subject-specific content, an interdisciplinary approach enables lawyers to understand law in a broad sociological context and helps sociologists to understand legal techniques. A key feature of the course is the specially designed second-year module on Social Theory of Law, jointly taught by Warwick Law School and the Department of Sociology. You will develop high-level skills in legal and sociological research, presentation, writing and independent study, and will be equipped with a depth of legal and sociological understanding that will enable you to participate effectively in policy debates. By choosing certain optional Law modules, you can exempt yourself from future professional law examinations (see Law School website for full details).
Having spent the first year of your degree developing core sociological and legal skills, in your second year and beyond you can choose from a wide range of modules tailored to your academic interests. These may include International Criminal Law, Refugee and Asylum Law, Social Welfare in Britain, Contemporary Health Issues, Cultural Regimes of Gender, and Sociology of Crime and Deviance. In your third and fourth years, you study core modules in Law alongside options chosen from both Departments (you must take three Sociology modules over the course of the two years).
How will I learn?
Each module usually has two lectures per week, plus regular seminars which offer opportunities for legal problem solving and discussion of ethical or policy issues relating to the law. Staff also have regular office hours in which you can discuss issues outside the seminar setting. We employ a range of innovative teaching methods, such as performance based learning, reflective journals and dramatised dissertations.
Our contextual approach to law means that we ask for consistent work and for your full commitment throughout the course. In return, we will give you all the support and advice needed to help you realise your full potential.
How will I be assessed?
We offer a variety of assessment methods, with emphasis placed on continuing assessment through class tests, essays and other formative and summative written work. You can also choose to weight your degree towards either examinations or essays.
Can I study abroad?
All students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities. The Study Abroad Team based in the International Office offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.
A level AAB. Sociology A level preferred but not essential
International Baccalaureate 36 points. Higher level Sociology preferred but not essential
Other Qualifications We welcome applicants with non-standard qualifications or relevant experience, and
applicants with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) with 60 credits including 45 at level 3, of which 33 credits must be at Distinction Level and the remainder at Merit Level.
Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
Interviews We do not typically interview applicants.Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.
Departmental Open Days Applicants offered conditional or unconditional places will be invited to attend a Departmental Open Day, normally held on a Wednesday in late February, mid-March and early May. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
What modules could I study?
First year core modules in Law may include Introduction to the Law of Property Relations; Criminal Law; The Modern English Legal System; Introduction to Legal Theory; Tort Law; Introduction to Law and Humanities and Second year core modules may include General Principles of Constitutional & Admin Law and Contract Law.
Examples of elective modules may include International Law; French Law; German Law; Social Theory of Law; Introduction to Competition Law; Comparative Criminal Justice; Human Rights in Practice; Foundations of European Law; Law and Policies of the European Union; Origins, Images and Cultures of English Law; Law of Labour Relations; Law of Business Organisations; Comparative Human Rights; Medicine and the Law; Gender and the Law; Shakespeare and the Law; Conflict of Laws in a Commercial Context; Child Law and Global Intellectual Property Law & Policy, to name a few.
* This is not an exhaustive list and the modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please visit the department website for more detailed information.
What careers can a Warwick degree in Law and Sociology lead to?
A law degree provides a solid foundation for careers in many fields. Our graduates are much in demand by national and global employers in law firms, finance, education, communication, large and small companies, international organisations, non-governmental organisations and the civil service. Some graduates go on to pursue further academic degrees in the UK or abroad.
Some recent graduate destinations include Paralegal, Shoosmiths; Analyst, Goldman Sachs; Management Consultant, Pricewaterhouse Coopers; Westminster City Council, Cabinet Officer; Royal Bank of Scotland, Finance Graduate.
Dr Cath Lambert
Professor Paul Raffield
3rd Year Undergraduate
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