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BA Anthropology and Law


UCAS code: ML16 BA

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/ugAdmissionsCriteria|

Applications 2013: 126

First year students 2013: 12

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:

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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 introduction to social anthropology as the comparative study of human societies and cultures. Ethnography and Theory: Selected Texts discusses important aspects of anthropological and sociological theory in relation to modern ethnographic texts. 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 core courses of Political and Legal Anthropology, the analysis of political and legal institutions as revealed in relevant theoretical debates and with reference to selected ethnography; 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, 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.