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.


100%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.