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Law and Multiculturalism 2


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Sham Qayyum


Mode of Attendance: Full-time


Session 3: 27 July- 14 August 2015

Programme Description

The interdisciplinary course constitutes a socio-legal study of how, and with what outcomes, immigration, religious and cultural diversity, and terrorism is being managed in Britain. Drawing on insights from both European and non-European jurisdictions, the course will introduce students to contemporary debates, familiarises them with critical human rights issues, and appraises alternative possibilities of managing multicultural and pluri-legal challenges, including radicalisation and terrorism. The course comprises of 9 topics, organised in three parts, taught over three weeks. Part 1 focuses on immigration, part 2 on the management of racial, religious and cultural diversity, and part 3 on radicalisation, terrorism and security risks. In each part we connect general themes and particular cases studies, involving criminal, public and/or human rights law. Topics in part 1 include immigration as a political, social and regulatory issue, problems and issues with the regulation of immigration, and a conceptual and theoretical examination of how immigration relates to multiculturalism and legal pluralism.

Topics in part 2 include a critical examination of the legal regulation of racial and religious harassment, the interaction of ethnic minorities and the official mental health and criminal justice system. In relation to the latter, we specifically assess the reasons for the overrepresentation of particular groups and to what extent the official law recognises cultural defence and alternative traditional forms of therapy. In part 3 we examine how, and with what outcomes, radicalisation and terrorism are being addressed in Britain, and we critically consider alternative socio-legal responses to these security risks. Although built on a common core of covered material, the course enables much room for individual specialisation by students. Uniquely, learning is also supplemented by a trip to the Royal Courts of Justice and by sessions from leading social justice activists.



A tuition fee of £1400 will be charged per 3-week programme. This figure does not include accommodation fees.

Application fee

A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £60 will be charged to cover administration costs. Please visit the SOAS online store to make your application fee payment.


An early bird discount of 10% is available if fees are paid by 31 March 2015.
10% discount for SOAS Alumni.
20% discount for current SOAS students.
Other discounts are available for partner institutions and groups, please contact us for further information.


A limited number of rooms will be available at International Hall which is located in the heart of Bloomsbury. The cost for 20 nights is £870 (breakfast included) for a single room with shared bathroom*.  To reserve a place through SOAS, please tick the relevant box in the application form. 

*(If you would like a different type of room, please book with International Hall directly)


Please note that summer courses are not accredited by SOAS.

Students are usually able to obtain credits from their home institution and typically our courses receive 3 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. If you intend to claim credits from your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you enrol. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however please be aware that the decision to award credits rests with your home institution.

Assessment will be optional and will vary for each course. Participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance and transcripts will be available on request.

Social Programme

You will also be able to enjoy our social programme, starting with a welcome party and an optional river cruise on the Thames for a small additional charge. Details about how to book will be communicated to you once you are registered. You will also receive discount codes for day trips and overnight tours with our partner International Friends.


For more information, please fill out our enquiry form


The course will be delivered Monday - Friday over the 3 weeks, in a combination of lectures, tutorials and class visits.

Contact Time: 46 Hours (lectures, tutorials and activities) 

Week 1: Immigration to the UK

  • Immigration as a political, social and regulatory issue
  • Problems and issues in the regulation of UK migration
  • From migration to multiculturalism and legal pluralism

Week 2: Managing racial, religious and cultural diversity

  • Tackling racial harassment and violence: An analysis of legal remedies and the limits of law
  • Ethnic minorities and the criminal justice system: From overrepresentation to recognising a cultural defence
  • Ethnic minorities and mental health law: An analysis of the core challenges

Week 3:  Radicalisation, terrorism and security risks

  • The legal regulation of radicalisation and terrorism 
  • Problems and issues in the regulation of terrorism
  • An appraisal of alternative socio-legal counter-terrorism measures

The seminars and reading are supplemented with other activities, including a trip to the Royal Courts of Justice, a film screening and sessions by leading social justice activists.

Assessment: is optional and will be in the form of a 2000-2500 word essay to be handed in 2 weeks after the end of the course.

Teaching & Learning

Teaching & Learning

On successful completion of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • An understanding of core themes in contemporary immigration, diversity management and counter-terrorism studies
  • An understanding of the connection between general analytical themes and particular cases and situations.
  • An understanding of what possibilities there are for managing inter-ethnic and inter-legal clashes.

How to Apply

In order to join our Summer School, you will need to meet the following entry requirements:

  • Participants have to be 18 or over at the time of attendance.
  • A minimum English language requirement if English is not your first language:
    • IELTS, 6.5 overall or higher, with at least 6 in all subscores.
    • TOEFL Paper based test we require a minimum of 583 with minimum 53 in all skills and for TOEFL Internet Based Test we require a minimum of 93 with minimum 20 in all skills. 
    • Pearson Test of English a score of 59-64
    • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Grade B
    • If you have studied in an English speaking institution, or have courses taught at your university in English (excluding English language courses) you may meet our requirements without having to supply a certificate. Evidence of this will either need to be included on a transcript or letter from your university.
    • Applicants with an alternative qualification should contact us for advice.
    • Applicants whose English language level do not meet out requirements may be interested in our subject based courses with English language support.

Apply Now

Application deadline for the summer school courses is 24 May 2015.

A Student's Perspective

One of my fondest memories of SOAS is the International Students Welcome ceremony where I met a few of my friends. Freshers’ Week overall was pretty fun and my classes are incredibly involving and interesting.

Alexis Berko, Wesleyan University