Critiquing International Law (709M3)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This module introduces you to the key theories and critiques that underpin scholarship and thinking about international law.

It covers approaches such as positivism and socio-legal studies, as well as approaches which place particular emphasis on power and power structures (for example Marxism, feminism, critical legal studies, postcolonial studies and third-world approaches to international law) and on human rights.

You’ll be required to evaluate and critique different approaches, and to reflect on uses of these approaches within the field of international law.


33%: Lecture
67%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 15 hours of contact time and about 135 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 feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.