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School of Law

Law, Multiculturalism and Intercultural Human Rights (MA/LLM)

Course Code:
15PLAC109
Status:
Course Not Running 2014/2015
Unit value:
1
Taught in:
Full Year

This course is not running in 2013/14

The course constitutes a detailed socio-legal study of the place of ethnic minorities in English law today. It comprises:

Term 1 a detailed examination of general conceptual issues in the legal study of ethnic minorities and focuses on important questions of family law. 

Term 2 a detailed study of major aspects of public law that are specifically relevant for ethnic minorities. 

During the course, the effects of various community perspectives will be critically examined and compared with the approaches taken by the official legal system.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

The course constitutes a detailed socio-legal study of the place of ethnic minorities in English law today. It comprises in term 1 a detailed examination of general conceptual issues in the legal study of ethnic minorities and focuses on important questions of family law. Term 2 offers a detailed study of major aspects of public law that are specifically relevant for ethnic minorities. During the course, the effects of various community perspectives will be critically examined and compared with the approaches taken by the official legal system.

Scope and syllabus

In Term 1
  • Students will gain insights concepts of legal pluralism as a mechanism to accommodate diversity, will study ethnicity in sociological and legal conceptualisations and will engage in debates about assimilation / integration of various ethnic minorities in Britain. They will also study those aspects of family law that have been particularly affected by the presence of ethnic minority communities in the UK. 
In Term 2
  • Students will gain an overview of the race relations scenario in the UK, and will study various aspects of race relations law and their effects. They will focus on topics such as race and criminal justice, racial violence and its legal control, freedom of religion, blasphemy law, education law, including religious and multicultural education, and immigration laws as the impact on ethnic minority families.

The course links together the study of aspects of English law and of specific Asian and African legal systems and subjects, creating much room for individual specialisation of students, built on a common core of covered material.

As a interdisciplinary law course, this course fits well into the MA Area Studies ( South Asia) programme and allows students to supplement their socio-political or historical studies with detailed analysis of legal material.

Method of assessment

Assessment weighting: 70% unseen examination and 30% coursework (one 5000 word essay) All coursework may be resubmitted.

Suggested reading

  • Hamilton Carolyn : Family, law and religion,(1995), London: Sweet & Maxwell
  • Mason David: Race and ethnicity in modern Britain,(1995), Oxford: OUP
  • Menski Werner: Comparative law in a global context. The legal systems of Asia and Africa, (2006), 2nd rev. ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
  • Shah Prakash: Legal pluralism in conflict: Copying with cultural diversity in law, (20050, London: Glass house/ Cavendish