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BA Anthropology and Law


UCAS code: ML16

Usual standard offer:
A level: grades A A B

International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 37 points including 6 6 6 at Higher level

Other qualifications are considered

For further details, see lse.ac.uk/ug/apply/ant

Applications 2015: 137

First year students 2015: 22

This programme combines all the benefits of a qualifying law degree with the intellectual challenge of anthropology.

First year:

(* half unit)

Second year:

Third year:

Please note that not every course is available each year and that some courses may only be available with the permission of the course convenor and/or may be subject to space.  

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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Programme details

First year

You will take courses to the value of four units in the first year, equally divided between anthropology and law, to give you a balanced grounding in both subjects. Introduction to Social Anthropology provides a general overview of the discipline, introducing a range of questions that anthropologists have focused on via their research in societies around the world. Among other things, it explores what is variable and what is universal (or at least commonly found) in human culture and society by examining a range of political, economic, family, and religious systems found among different peoples. 

Ethnography and Theory: Selected Texts introduces the works of classic social science theorists and how they have been applied to ethnographic analyses of particular societies. 

Public Law covers the conceptual framework of public law. Property I introduces the role of property concepts in legal and social thought. Introduction to the Legal System familiarises law students with the basic characteristics and functioning of legal systems.

Second year

In the second year you must take the following core courses: Political and Legal Anthropology, which explores how a wide range of societies handle conflict, dispute, violence and the establishment and maintenance of political and legal systems; Criminal Law, which examines the "general part" of criminal law and selected areas of the special part of criminal law in the context of theories of the aims and functions of criminalisation; and Law of Obligations, an introduction to the law of contract. For the remaining unit you can choose anthropology courses from a list of approved options.

Third year

In the third year you must take Law and Institutions of the European Union, which provides an introduction to European Union law; and Property II, which examines principles of land law and the law of trusts. For the remaining two course units you may again choose from the list of approved options, one course unit each from law and anthropology.