Law, Politics and Society across the British Empire, 1750-1960: Context (HIH3299)

30 credits

This module is designed to introduce the student to the crucial role of law in governing, justifying and resisting imperial rule across the British empire, from the mid-eighteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. Drawing on a lively and growing inter-disciplinary field of research, this module will encourage students to think of law not just as a body of rules or a set of institutions, but as related to social contexts, geographical settings, power, ethics, rhetoric and cultural practice. Students considering a future course of study or work in fields related to law may find this module of interest. Some prior knowledge regarding the history of the British empire may be helpful, but can be compensated for by preparatory studies. You must take this module in conjunction with Law, Politics and Society across the British Empire, 1750-1960: Sources.