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Law in Context

Our Law in Context short course introduces a series of contemporary ideas about law and social life. You will trace the formation of these ideas in their social and legal historical context and learn about legal historical narratives and the conflicting interests underpinning them. By exploring the socio-cultural origin of legislation, you will develop the skills and knowledge required to critically evaluate contemporary law and social mores. You will be introduced to primary historical sources and use these to question and evaluate legal reforms.

The course is designed to develop a range of transferable skills predominantly related to information technology and team working. It takes a blended learning approach where you will meet your fellow students in person but also engage in online discussions and directed online self-learning.

30 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months' duration.
    • Courses of less than six months' duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Thu 29-Apr-21 6pm-9pm

Class code LALW048S4AAA