Our School of Law has a reputation for high quality research and teaching. Whilst studying law and sociology at Royal Holloway you will explore the fundamental principles of justice, equity and equality within the framework of English and European law. You will also be introduced to the discipline of sociology and will review some of the key debates in sociology. This degree is for anyone looking to start a career in law, whether as a barrister or a solicitor, additionally for those who are interested in the legal system and the ways in which laws are made and upheld along with the study of sociology. You will be equipped with a wide range of transferable skills, including the opportunity to acquire research methods training, which are highly sought after by employers in a wide variety of fields.
You will consider the different laws, which apply to different legal problems within the legal system. This will enable to understand how the law regulates agreements between individuals and the relationship between the individual and the state. You can also consider the range of contemporary problems in society with a view to understanding how we understand society. In addition to acquiring invaluable legal skills in research and oral presentation, you can also acquire research methods training. You will also have the opportunity to choose from a range of subjects in fields such as family law, medical law, company law and international law along with sociology options in health and illness, youth in society, children society and risk and drug, crime and society.
Our balanced approach to research and teaching guarantees high quality teaching from subject leaders, cutting edge materials and intellectually challenging debates. You will receive individual attention and flexibility to acquire expertise within a specialist field.
- Excellent position for a career in law and the criminal justice agencies such as the Crown Prosecution Service, police, probation service, youth custody and the prison service.
- An established international reputation for quality research and teaching, and for our engagement in policy and practice, through active involvement with government bodies and voluntary and statutory agencies.
- Opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge of research in both law and sociology.
- Flexibility to specialise in areas of interest, including: company law, international law and family law.
Law: Public Law - Constitutional, Administrative and Human Rights
Constitutions establish and control the powers of the state and regulate the relationship between the state and its citizens. This module examines the UK’s uncodified constitution, primarily considering the main characteristics of the British system of government, including the division of powers between the legislature, executive, and judiciary and between Westminster and the devolved regions; key constitutional concepts and their associated challenges, including Parliamentary sovereignty, conventions, the rule of law, and human rights protection before and after the Human Rights Act 1998; and how administrative law, particularly judicial review, controls the actions of the government and public authorities.
Law: Law of Contract
Contracts form the legal basis of commercial transactions. This module examines the legalities regarding the formation of contracts, the capacity to contract and the performance of legal obligations as well as remedies for breach of contract. In particular, you will examine the following areas: introduction to contract; invitation to treat; offer and acceptance; consideration; Promissory Estoppel; intentions to create legal relations; implied terms; express terms; exemption clauses; unfair contract terms; mistakes; types of misrepresentation; misrepresentation and remedies; duress; undue influence; frustration and force majeure; breach of contract and remedies; and third-party rights.
Law: The English Legal System - Methods and Legal Practice
This module serves as a comprehensive introduction to the English legal system focusing on building an understanding of the common law approach as a legal methodology and its evolution and influence in England and Wales. You will examine various sources of law; the civil and criminal justice systems including the structure and function of the courts; the role of magistrates, judges and the jury; as well as the impact of the Human Rights Act on the criminal and civil justice systems. You will develop legal research skills, including, library and database searches; referencing written work with OSCOLA (the Oxford University Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities) and guarding against plagiarising; and in brief preparing a Moot. Furthermore, you will work with the Royal Holloway Careers and Employability Service to prepare and present a professional curriculum vitae, and learn how to write cover letters and other documents in a professional format.
Sociology: Introduction to Sociology
This module introduces you to key classical and contemporary social theories, including the ‘founding fathers’ of continental European sociology (Durkheim, Marx, and Weber) and the originators of US sociology (including Parsons, Goffman, and Garfunkel).
Law: The Law of Torts
This module provides you with an introduction to the law of tort, focusing on general principles of tort liability in the law governing reputation and misuse of private information, negligence, intentional interference with the person and the law of nuisance. Specifically, you will develop an understanding in the following areas: the function and purpose of the law of tort; an introduction to the law of negligence and its importance in the law of tort; an examination of the duty of care and its breach including how is it manifests in specific torts such as employers liability, vicarious liability, occupiers liability, economic loss and psychiatric injury; an examination of the remaining aspects of negligence such as causation and remoteness; general defences; defamation and misuse of private information; trespass to the person including harassment; and finally, interference with property rights and enjoyment in the form of nuisance and the rule in Rylands v Fletcher.
Law: Land Law
This module examines the various types of interests which can exist in land, including the rights and duties under these interests, how they can be protected against third parties acquiring other interests in the land, and how they can be transferred. In particular, you will examine fundamental concepts; contracts relating to land; adverse possession; leases and licences; mortgages; co-ownership and the family home; freehold covenants; easements; and protection of interests in land (both registered and unregistered).
Law: Criminal Law
Over time, criminal law has developed into a sophisticated body of precisely formulated legal rules which are to be applied to human conduct, igniting debate on a broad range of issues regarding law, morality and public policy. This module focuses on the substantive rules of criminal law within this broader social debate. In particular, you will examine general principles of criminal liability, covering a range of fatal and non-fatal offences against the person and some offences against property, including: actus reus and mens rea; offences against the person; property offences; the inchoate offences; the liability of accomplices; and defences for various crimes.
Law: Europen Union Law
This module examines the role of the European Union (EU) in the free movement of peoples, goods, services and capital. You will explore the legal enforcement of treaties on which the Union is based, with a consideration of both national and international systems. You will examine these treaties and the various EU institutions created under them (and incorporated into domestic law), examining their legal and policy making powers. In particular, you will look at the laws and functions of the EU Institutions including the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Council and the Court of Justice of the EU, and explore how free movement works across national borders and how the law of the EU is enforced.
Law: Equity and Law of Trusts
In this module you will examine equity and its relationship with the common law. You will explore the concept of a trust and the laws associated with governing the creation and administration of trusts. You will explore the development of equity historically and explain how purpose trusts operate. You will look at how charitable trusts are created and consider the duties of trustees. You will consider the nature and scope of fiduciary obligations and consider when those obligations might be breached and the consequences of such. You will also consider particular types of trusts, including secret trusts, resulting and constructive trusts.
In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.
Only core modules are taken
Sociology: Sociology of Contemporary Society
Sociology: Research Methods for Social Scientists
Sociology: Data Analysis for Social Scientists
Law: Company Law
Law: Medical Law
Law: Advocacy and Court Practice
Law: Law of Evidence
Law: International and Comparative Human Rights Law
Law: Public International Law
Law: Family Law
Sociology: Sociology of Health and Illness 1
In this module you will develop an understanding of different sociological approaches to the study of health and illness, with an awareness of the social patterning and causes of ill health. You will critically examine debates in the sociology of health and illness, considering factors such as social class, gender and ethnicity.
Sociology: Sociology of Health and Illness 2
In this module you will develop an understanding of the changing role and status of the medical profession, with an awareness of the consequences of an ageing society. You will critically examine the sociological perspectives of the study of health, medicine and illness and relate these issues to contemporary health policy concerns.
Sociology: Youth in Society - Deviance and Delinquency
In this module uou will develop an awareness of the changing position of the young in society, considering changing ideas about adolescence, youth and the transition to adulthood. You will gain an insight into the significance of delinquency and the representation of delinquent and deviant youth in the media, including gangs in Biritish society and youth riots in Britain.
Sociology: Youth in Society - Culture, Subculture and Transgression
In this module you will develop an understanding of youth culture and consider the key theoretical debates concerning youth subcultures. You will gain an insight into the interplay between gender and ethnicity in the formation of youth cultures and subcultures, including their representation in the media
Sociology: Children, Society and Risk
In this module you will develop an understanding of key debates in relation to children, society and risk, childhood, children's rights, citizenship and social harm. You will look at empirical and theoretical studies in these areas and understand the ways in which social policy, and criminal justics agencies, are adapting their responses to deal with crimes commited against children.
Sociology: Lost in Music - the Sociology of Popular Music
In this module you will develop an understanding of the sociological analysis of popular music concentrating on, but not only covering, recorded popular music since the mid-1950s. You will gain an insight into the historical development of popular music within a social context, considering the relationships between music and mass society, music and youth culture, and the usage of popular music as a form of expression by the socially and economically marginalised, and as a from of protest.
Home and EU students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £9,250
International students tuition fee per year 2017/18**: £14,000
Other essential costs***: There are no single associated costs greater than £50 per item on this course
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*Tuition fees for UK and EU nationals starting a degree in the academic year 2017/18 will be £9,250 for that year. This amount is subject to the UK Parliament approving a change to fee and loan regulations that has been proposed by the UK Government. In the future, should the proposed changes to fee and loan regulations allow it, Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees for UK and EU nationals annually. If relevant UK legislation continues to permit it, Royal Holloway will maintain parity between the tuition fees charged to UK and EU students for the duration of their degree studies.
**Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees for international fee paying students annually. Tuition fees are unlikely to rise more than 5 per cent each year. For further information on tuition fees please see Royal Holloway’s Terms & Conditions.
***These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing etc., have not been included.