Power, the State and the Individual (Advanced) (M3077)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

The module develops a deeper understanding of the operation of power in relation to law, society, the state, governance and rights. Drawing on a range of interdisciplinary approaches from legal, political, critical, social, feminist and postcolonial theory, the module examines the operation of power across the modern state and its intersection with globalised forms of political, legal, cultural, gender and economic relations. Both theories and historical accounts of legitimacy, democracy, globalisation and human rights will be considered.


69%: Lecture
31%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 29 hours of contact time and about 121 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: