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Race, Law and Literature


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This short course, Race, Law and Literature, gives you the opportunity to examine and interrogate the relationships between law and literature, specifically in the context of texts that deal with race.  

We will analyse and appraise how race and racism are constructed in various genres of literature and how these engage with, respond to, stand in for and provide creative alternatives to law. At the same time, we will explore a range of theoretical and political interventions put forward by leading writers who, in an attempt to confront and combat the violence of racism, colonialism and other structural forms of domination, have understood the urgency and relevance of creating a collective conversation larger than the sum of its parts.

On this course, you will read a range of theoretical, literary and legal texts, including excerpts from texts by authors such as Toni Morrison, Sadiya Hartman, Nikesh Shukla, Arundhati Roy, James Baldwin, Karla Holloway, Junot Diaz and June Jordan.

This postgraduate-level 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.

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    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.