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Politics, Philosophy and Law


What is Philosophy, Politics and Law (PPL)?

This course is for students who wish to explore relationships between a functioning society and how political and legal systems are structured and operate, as well as the philosophical origins and basis for law. You will explore concepts such as justice, freedom, morals, and democracy, as well as the formulation and implementation of law and policy across the world.

You’ll be taught jointly by the Departments of Politics and International Studies, and Philosophy and the School of Law, each of which is ranked highly in UK league tables and has a strong international reputation. On this integrated programme students can focus equally on the three subjects of politics, philosophy and law and will also explore the relationship between these.

News and Events

Tue 27 Nov '18
Jennifer Robinson's visit to the PPL programme

On 13 November, Jennifer Robinson, a human rights barrister from the Dougherty Street Chambers in London, visited the PPL programme. Jennifer is a high-profile lawyer who has worked on many notable cases, with clients including Wikileaks, the West Papuan independence movement, and the BBC World Service. She recently became one of the youngest women ever to address the International Court of Justice. Jen spoke to the PPL students about her journey to becoming a lawyer, what it is like to work as a barrister, and how she views her role within the legal system.

Wed 28 Feb '18