This degree offers you the opportunity to study the closely related disciplines of Law and Sociology in a three-year programme, with a pathway offering the opportunity to obtain a Qualifying Law Degree.
You cover the foundations of law alongside modules in Sociology (taught by our outstanding School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Research), developing an understanding of the law, taught from a critical perspective. This allows you to engage in informed debate about contemporary legal issues, and gain a sophisticated understanding of the complex global world in which we live, and the social forces, identities and media that shape our lives.
Kent Law School is recognised as one of the leading law schools in the UK. It has an international reputation both for its world-leading research and for the innovative, critical and socio-legal education that it provides.Law
Kent Law School emphasises research-led teaching which means that the modules taught are at the leading edge of new legal and policy developments. Kent Law School is renowned nationally for research quality, being ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. All of our research-active staff teach, so you learn from influential thinkers who are at the forefront of their field. We also have one of the best student-staff ratios in the country, which allows small, weekly seminar-group teaching in all of our core modules, where you are actively encouraged to take part.
Most modules are assessed by end-of-year examinations and continuous assessment, the ratio varying from module to module, with Kent encouraging and supporting the development of research and written skills. Some modules include an optional research-based dissertation that counts for 45% or, in some cases, 100% of the final mark. Assessment can also incorporate oral presentation and argument, often in the style of legal practice (such as mooting), and client-based work and reflection through our Law Clinic.
Most modules are taught through a combination of lectures and seminars. We also run a tutorial scheme in which students are supervised on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. Most modules also involve individual study using library resources and, where relevant, computer assisted learning packages. If you are taking modules involving computing or learning a language, you have additional workshop time.
Most Sociology modules are assessed by a variety of methods, including examination and coursework, each of which counts for 50% of the final mark. The dissertation, usually done at Stage 3, is assessed without examination. Marks from Stages 2 and 3 all count towards your final degree result. Stage 1 results do not count towards the final mark, but entry to Stage 2 depends on passing Stage 1.
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For programme aims and learning outcomes please see the programmes specification for each subject below. Please note that outcomes will depend on your specific module selection: