Taught course

Constitutional Politics, Law and Theory

Institution
Birkbeck, University of London · School of Law
Qualifications
LLM

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Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in law or a related discipline.

Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

On our LLM in Constitutional Politics, Law and Theory we consider whether the classic idea of a ‘constitution’, centring on the relation of state law to politics, is fit for purpose in a globalised world. We ask if lessons can be learnt to realistically and sustainably offset the rise of illiberal regimes? We question whether trust in legal and political constitutions has declined.

This course is unique in offering you an equal emphasis on law, politics, history and contemporary problems. The LLM Constitutional Politics, Law and Theory combines Birkbeck’s strong reputation for researching critical legal theory with teaching from experts across a wide range of areas. You will assess innovative theories and gain a practical knowledge of traditional constitutional problems. By using theoretical and comparative perspectives from across the world, you will develop the skills to explore traditionally opposing ideas of law and revolution and begin to imagine different ways of constituting the future.

We will explore topics including:

  • the origin and theories of classic constitutionalism
  • the causes and symptoms of crisis in liberal constitutional democracies
  • the return of conflicts over religion and the rise of populism
  • the potential of new, ‘reflexive’ constitutional models envisioned by popular movements seeking radical change and social justice. 

This course gives equal weight to theory and comparative case studies from around the world. It will appeal to anyone with a background in law or politics and beyond, who is interested in understanding constitutions from a number of different disciplines.

Highlights
  • Studying the interrelation of law and politics requires, by definition, an interdisciplinary and critical approach - the Birkbeck School of Law specialises in this kind of approach.
  • In the latest Research Excellence Framework we were ranked in the top 10 for research intensity in the UK and top three in London, while our research environment was judged conducive to producing research of the highest quality.
  • Our school is an internationally recognised centre for critical and interdisciplinary legal research. It provides an exciting and innovative environment for a wide range of research with a strong theoretical and policy focus, and our academic staff have valuable experience of constitutionalist politics in regions across the globe. The school is the home of Birkbeck Law Press and publishes Law and Critique: The International Journal of Critical Legal Thought.
  • We use technology, such as electronic learning environments, to enhance teaching and learning. Birkbeck Library has an extensive collection of books, journals and electronic resources in law and related disciplines such as economics, politics and sociology. You can also take advantage of the rich research collections nearby, including those of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Senate House Library, the British Library of Political and Economic Science (LSE Library) and the British Library.
  • Candidates with an outstanding academic record who demonstrate high potential for strong performance on one of our master's degrees can apply for School of Law Postgraduate Fee Awards.
  • Find out more about why you should study law at Birkbeck.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this course is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • LLM
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Student Advice Service
Email
studentadvice@bbk.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 3907 0700