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Law is one of the most complex and fascinating systems in the world. It’s constantly evolving to reflect and adapt to social attitudes. You’ll benefit from guest speakers from the legal industry and social sciences, expert teaching and a range of out of classroom trips to variety of law courts and Parliament to see first-hand how these institutions operate.
Legal knowledge and awareness is at the heart of decision-making, and this course.
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Why study this subject?
Law is one of the most complex and fascinating systems in the world. It’s constantly evolving to reflect and adapt to social attitudes.
The world is changing and becoming much more litigious, for example NHS medical and social services have invested heavily in legal expertise and training, including medical records witness training, with negligence cases growing rapidly.
Legal knowledge and awareness is at the heart of decision-making for many services and organisations operating within our society, so this is a perfect time to study a fascinating joint-honours degree like Law and Sociology.
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
Our BA (Hons) Law and Sociology is a flexible interdisciplinary course, ideal if you are interested in developing both careers in law and other socio-legal sectors. This programme will give you a solid foundation in both disciplines of law and sociology.
The application of knowledge and understanding of real contemporary social issues is a key aspect of this programme and therefore it will suit you if you wish to use your degree in careers which attempt to improve and find solutions to the challenges of law and society.
This programme focuses on the development of enhanced transferable skills and employability-focused opportunities, while ensuring the emergence of sound social scientific understanding of the nature of social and economic change from a socio-legal perspective.
The nature of the programme will provide you with an interest in a career in law/sociology and/or wanting to apply their knowledge in another area of business or service provision, to develop a depth of legal and sociological understanding in areas such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, education, labour, social class that impact on work and how organisations operate.
This joint programme is excellent preparation for a wide variety of occupations and sectors, including commercial businesses, charities, government and nongovernment agencies, healthcare, community support organisations, police and other criminal law agencies and departments, including probation.
By combining law and sociology, you can study our innovative sociology modules, for example, disability in the criminal justice system, as well as gain an understanding of the work environment, including volunteering.
It will also provide an opportunity for filtering legal knowledge and legal skills gained via the study of real-world scenarios, including opportunities to volunteer in the citizens advice bureau and other legal advice and healthcare service providers, court services provision and probation.
This will help you develop the multidisciplinary skills, knowledge and experience that makes you versatile and relevant for the competitive job market.
Our team of tutors includes qualified lawyers and social scientists, combining backgrounds as academics and as practitioners, so they add depth and breadth to your experience of law and sociology.
With smaller class sizes, our staff are committed to nurturing your development, helping you graduate with the skills and capabilities for a successful and fulfilling career.
What facilities can I use
We’ve invested in a range of state-of-the-art facilities across our campuses to support your learning.
Our library is the perfect place to find the resources you need and a quiet place to study, filled with four floors of books, journals, computer suites and study rooms. Or, if you’d rather work off campus, e-Journals and resources are only a few clicks away using our Virtual Learning Environment.
What will I study?
Employability is at the core of this degree programme and central to the curriculum is the development of professional skills. This will start from year one with an academic and employability skills programme. This will be embedded into our year one core teaching, and will focus on legal, academic and research skills.
Key employability ‘soft’ skills will also be covered, including self-reflection, teamwork, and emotional intelligence which are often ranked at the top of the employers’ hierarchy of required skills.
This combined degree in law and sociology will offer a professional, socio-legal perspective, giving you the opportunity to view legal institutions and legal processes as an integral part of society.
The programme of study will allow those students with a keen interest in law, or the pursuit of a career in law, to view the law in a socio-legal context, and provide sociologists with an understanding, and application, of law and legal techniques, within their chosen area of work.
Particular to sociology is a high level of communication skills, including media communication and management. These will be continued and developed in year two, including legal debating skills, interviewing and mediation skills, as well as giving evidence in court.
This programme will also help you develop key skills required to carry out legal and sociological research as well as prepare and deliver presentations and undertake legal and policy debates.
The distinctive features of this programme will give you the opportunity to identify an area of study that suits your graduate ambitions and explore this topic in partnership with relevant organisations, in a way that emphasises solutions to real life social problems which interface with the legal systems.
You'll also get the chance to participate in a real magistrates court role play bail application, court visits, listen to talks by magistrates, judges, law firms and guest speakers and attend a 'life after graduation' alumni networking event.
How will I be taught and assessed?
This course is offered as a four-year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.
The dedicated and supportive course team are committed to supporting you throughout the programme.
In addition to the core curriculum, you will also benefit from additional activities, all designed to bolster your career prospects. These include talks from guest speakers, alumni sharing their experiences, sessions organised by the Careers Service, and personalised support by Careers Service and Learning Development Unit. Tutors will also help you try to find work-experience suited to your needs.
A variety of assessments are used, all designed to mirror ‘real world’ legal and sociological issues, problems and situations and allow you to demonstrate the skills you’ve acquired.
You will be assessed by a variety of means. These include assessment such as poster presentations, blogs, portfolios as well as more traditional forms of assessments such as exams.
All assessments are designed to equip you with important transferrable skills and help prepare you for the world of work.
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
What are the course entry requirements?
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to email@example.com
Find out more about our General Entry Requirements.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.
Year 1 Modules
Ways of Knowing about the Social World
Preparing for Success, Knowledge and Creativity
Preparing for Success: Self Development and Responsibility
Inquiry Based Learning
Year 2 Modules
Making Sense of Society: Understanding the Social World
Policy and Strategy
Making Sense of Society: The Sociological Imagination
Policy in Context
English Legal Systems
EU Constitutional and Procedural Law
Year 3 Modules
EU Internal Market Law
Quantitative Research Methods for Social Scientists
Gender, Sexuality and Society
Law of Tort
Human Rights and Crimes Against Humanity (optional)
Issues in Criminology (optional)
Citizenship, Welfare and Society (optional)
Ethical Issues in Health and Social Science (optional)
Professional Skills 3 (optional)
Criminal Justice (optional)
Media Law 1 (optional)
Employment Law (optional)
Family Law (optional)
Employment and Volunteering (optional)
Qualitative Research Methods for Social Scientists
Year 4 Modules
Law of Evidence
Children and Law
Globalization and Social Change
Disability, Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System (optional)
Aging through the life-course (optional)
Global Health and Society (optional)
Media Law 2 (optional)
Environmental Law (optional)
How much does it cost
Home and EU
Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022
£9,250 per year
International, Academic Year 2021-2022
£13,750 per year
What are my career prospects?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders. We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employability pages to find out more.
This course will help prepare you for a range of careers. Key employers and companies include:
- Commercial employers
- Banks and insurance agencies
- Human resources
- In-house company
- Industry advisers
- Law firms
- Advocacy agencies
- The courts
- Legal advice providers
- Civil service departments.
This degree will also prepare you to work in:
- Charities, including gender action support groups
- Environmental groups
- Child support and domestic violence support groups
- Local housing trusts
- Private investigation
You may also choose progress onto postgraduate study.
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