Anthropology of Law (714M3)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

From classic ethnographies of local dispute resolution, to the procedures of international justice institutions; anthropologists have explored ways in which law and legal processes are socially, politically and culturally constituted. Today anthropologists of law study the procedures of contemporary legal institutions, and issues including human rights, indigeneity, gender, land and property relations.

This module explores key concepts and developments within the study of law and anthropology, and the methods that anthropologists of law use in their research. You will develop skills to analyse and reflect upon law and legal procedures using anthropological approaches.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 10 hours of contact time and about 140 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: