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Equality and the Law


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This postgraduate-level short course, Equality and the Law, allows you to closely scrutinise the legal rules and underlying assumptions regarding difference that promote equality and regulate discrimination. It has five central aims:

  • Introduction to UK equality law - gives you a view of the main forms of equality law in the UK, including the Equality Act 2010 and recent UK case law
  • European and international law - equips you with a concise overview of equality laws on the European level, for example European Union law and case law of the European Court of Human Rights, and the international level, for example the UN Conventions
  • Categories of difference - engages you with substantive debates regarding the legal and social categories of race, gender, class, caste, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, nationality and disability as contingent and intersecting legal categories
  • Social theories of equality - gives you the opportunity to look at the aims and goals of equality law, given assumptions about what it means to be ‘equal'. We will examine equality law from both non-discrimination and human rights perspectives, critically examining the different approaches of formal and substantive equality. To gain a comparative legal perspective, we will also discuss contemporary social movements in Europe and North America, with particular focus on the UK, US, Germany and France
  • Synthesis of theory and practice - gives you the chance to examine contemporary challenges and critical approaches to UK equality law practice by deploying the theoretical viewpoints discussed during the course

This course is ideal if you have a professional or personal interest in the field of law. You will also find it of particular interest if you wish to enhance your career through Continuing Professional Development in this area. 

This short course is assessed by a 4000-word essay.

30 credits at level 7

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. 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 register 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.