LAW10500 Law and Society

Academic Year 2023/2024

This 5 credit module explores the relationship between law and society, in particular looking at questions of crime and criminalisation. The module explores why some behaviours are considered criminal, while others are not by reflecting on the ways in which society is structured and organised.
The module introduces debates about the ways in which social and criminological knowledge is developed and applied. There is exploration around the relationship between social change and changing mores.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Having completed this module students will be able to:
Discuss key ideas in relation to the study of law and society and sociological/critical criminology
Identify how social structures affect the assignment of criminal identity
Understand the different forms of criminological knowledge
Determine how coloniality underpins criminological knowledge and how the discipline might be decolonised
Explore how social change can lead to a change in legal provisions

Indicative Module Content:

Thinking about law and society
Statistics, society and crime
Social control and governmentality
Understanding crime (qualitative)
The sociology of deviance
The critical turn
Social harm and green criminology
Decolonising criminology

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module is delivered face to face with additional online activities to be completed. Students will be assigned work to prepare most weeks. This may be reading, watching short videos, completing online exercises, reflection and preparing to debate, or preparing written work. Students are expected to engage with all teaching and learning activities; this will be essential for keeping up with the continuous assessment on the module. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Written Examination 2 hours 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Throughout the semester: Should students require feedback on their learning for this module, they are encouraged to self-assess and seek clarification from the relevant member of teaching staff who delivered the topic, by using office hours. See Brightspace for contact details. Group Feedback on Examination: On release of module examination results, group class feedback will be made available. Individual Feedback on Examination: Students will be informed of opportunities to receive individual feedback on their examination, in accordance with UCD Sutherland School of Law requirements for viewing individual feedback on examination. Further information to be communicated via Brightspace when grades are released.

Name Role
Ms Orlaith Rice Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Thurs 11:00 - 12:50
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 5, 7, 10 Thurs 13:00 - 13:50
Tutorial Offering 2 Week(s) - 4, 6, 9, 11 Thurs 13:00 - 13:50
Tutorial Offering 3 Week(s) - 3, 5, 7, 10 Thurs 14:00 - 14:50
Tutorial Offering 4 Week(s) - 4, 6, 9, 11 Thurs 14:00 - 14:50