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

15 credits, Level 3 (sub-degree)

Autumn teaching

In this module, you will learn about the state, rights and citizenship as forms of ‘order’. You will study each from legal, political and sociological perspectives, learning different ways of understanding these contested concepts and their relations. You will explore the question of whether and how the state, rights and citizenship can be tools for the public good, self-determination and/or violent tools used to divide and control.

The module will challenge you to question your assumptions about how the social world works. The module will also invite you to tackle tough and complicated social scientific problems. Throughout, you will learn about core legal, political and sociological concepts as well as the core legal, political and societal institutions that govern the social world. You will also develop key social scientific academic skills, including analysing texts, critical thinking and building arguments.

You will:

  • demonstrate an understanding and awareness of key concepts and debates in Law, Politics and Sociology
  • identify and access scholarship and evidence relating to a theme or question in Law, Politics and Sociology
  • apply scholarship in Law, Politics and Sociology to a question or theme
  • communicate social scientific ideas in written and spoken academic language with correct referencing.


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 2024/25. 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: