Order and Disorder A: Understanding Law, Politics and Sociology (LPS01)

15 credits, Level 3 (sub-degree)

Autumn teaching

In this module, you develop the key personal and academic development skills necessary for effective, active and independent study at undergraduate level in the Social Sciences, in particular for study in law, politics or sociology.

The module gives you a broad introduction to the basic institutional frameworks that govern law, politics and society - and you look at these from both a national and international perspective.

In Law, you are introduced to the main legal methods such as reading cases and statutes. And you're given an overview of the legal system within the United Kingdom.

In Politics, you learn about the political institutions of the United Kingdom. And you're introduced to the basic aspects of the study of politics.

In Sociology, you study the building blocks of society. And you're introduced to the methods of the study of sociology.

Through analysing texts, you enhance your reading skills, extend your vocabulary and language awareness, and develop the critical independence that will help you take personal responsibility for your learning.

Through essay writing and the composition of answers to problem questions, you further your writing skills and learn to reference accurately.

Through perceiving law as a social and political practice, you develop a further understanding of the interdisciplinary links between law, politics and sociology.


33%: Lecture
67%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Portfolio, Presentation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 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 2021/22. 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: