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Law and Sociology (Full-Time, 2018 Entry)


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 second-year module on Social Theory of Law, developed specifically for this course and 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. 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. Options available to current students 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 will 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?

For each module you’ll usually have 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 advice and feedback 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. Depending on module choice, you may be able to weight your degree towards either examinations or essays.

Can I study abroad?

Our LLB with Study Abroad in English and LLB with French or German Law courses have an integral year abroad, in which you will study approved law modules at one of our partner universities.

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 Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.

    Entry Requirements

    A level AAB. Sociology A level preferred but not essential

    International Baccalaureate 36 points. Higher level in a sociology-based subject preferred but not essential

    These offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

    Contextual data and differential offers Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

    Access/BTEC Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with Distinction grades in Level 3 units. Substantial study of Law is highly recommended.

    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 Warwick IFP for more information.

    We welcome applicants with non-standard qualifications or relevant experience, and applicants with other recognised qualifications.

    Further information

    Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.

    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.

    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.

    What modules could I study?

    First year core modules may include The Modern English Legal System; Introduction to Legal Theory; Tort Law; History of Sociological Thought; Class and Capitalism in a Neoliberal World; Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences; Researching Society and Culture.

    Second year core modules may include Social Theory of Law; Criminal Law; Contract Law; Designing and Conducting Social Research; Practice and Interpretation of Quantitative Research; Modern Social Theory.

    Third year core modules may include Constitutional and Administrative Law; Property Law; and optional modules.

    Fourth year core modules may include Law of Trusts; Foundations of EU Law; and optional modules.

    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 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.

    More information about modules and the structure of this course can be found on the School of Law website and the Department of Sociology website.

    *The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

    What careers can a Warwick degree in Law and Sociology lead to?

    Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: Allen & Overy, Goldman Sachs, PwC, Westminster City Council, Royal Bank of Scotland.

    Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Advocate, Trainee Solicitor, Funding and Bid Co-ordinator, Risk Analyst, Litigation Paralegal.

    Essential information

    Entry Requirements
    A level:
    AAB. Sociology A level preferred but not essential
    IB: 36 points. Higher level in a sociology-based subject preferred but not essential

    UCAS Code

    Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

    4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

    Department website

    School of Law

    Student Blogs

    Rana Younis, Law

    Tohmev Singh, Law with Social Sciences

    Melissa Fletcher, Sociology

    Location of study
    University of Warwick, Coventry

    Tuition fees
    Find out more about fees and funding

    Other course costs
    There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.

    For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.

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    This information is applicable for 2018 entry.