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School of Law

Law and society in Africa

Course Code:
155200033
Status:
Course Not Running 2014/2015
Unit value:
1
Taught in:
Full Year
Law and society in Africa - is designed to introduce students to the role of law in Commonwealth African countries. Although it is taught thematically, at the end of the year a student should have an understanding of the legal policies and culture of most of these countries. The themes discussed include principally customary law, courts and the settlement of disputes, land reform, family law, human rights, and one-party states. Particular emphasis is placed on the relationship between law and society, and the effectiveness of law as an instrument of social change.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Show an understanding of the legal policies and culture of most of Commonwealth African countries
  • Differentiate how such topics as customary law, courts and the settlement of disputes, human rights, gender, conflict resolution, land reform and family law are dealt with in different Commonwealth African countries
  • Demonstrate through examples the effectiveness of law as an instrument of social change

Method of assessment

Assessment weighting: 20% coursework (two essays, each worth 10%); 80% unseen examination. Resubmission of coursework regulations do not apply to this course.