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Law, Social Justice and Inequalities: Contemporary challenges and debates


Saturday 13 November - Saturday 04 December 2021, 10am-3pm

8 sessions - Check class timetable



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Many of the most urgent issues faced by contemporary society concern the role of the law and the part it plays in achieving - and undermining - social justice and equality. Our Law, Social Justice and Inequalities: Contemporary Challenges and Debates short course focuses on the law and social justice as applied to the following areas of public policy:

  • Policing and race
  • (De)criminalisation of drugs
  • Transgender issues
  • Domestic abuse and sexual violence
  • Home education
  • Mental capacity
  • The operation of the courts
  • The use of imprisonment

In each of these policy areas you will examine, explore and debate: the existing legal and policy framework; the challenges associated with translating law and policy into practice; to what extent and in what ways law, policy and practice contribute to social inequalities and disadvantage; the scope for radical alternatives to conventional systems of law and policy approaches; and the meanings of social justice.

This Law, Social Justice and Inequalities: Contemporary Challenges and Debates short course is suitable for early to mid-career practitioners in statutory and non-statutory services across the justice, education, health and social care sectors. It is also suitable for anyone with an interest in the topics under study, including those who might be thinking about enrolling in undergraduate or postgraduate studies in law, criminology or related disciplines.

The course is taught online over eight consecutive Saturdays. There are no entry requirements.

This course is non-credit bearing, so carries no credit points.

  • 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.

    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 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.