Module Catalogue 2023/24

LAW3029 : Law and Literature

LAW3029 : Law and Literature

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Ian Ward
  • Owning School: Newcastle Law School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

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To provide students with an understanding of the interdisciplinary relation of law and literature, and to do so within the context of emergent themes in narrative and literary jurisprudence.
To develop associated theoretical, critical, communicative and research-based skills appropriate to Stage 3 study in legal and similar disciplines.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to Law and Literature

Alternative theories of Reading and interpretation, including hermeneutics, deconstruction and reader-response

Case studies in Law and Literature

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate a knowledge of leading schools in literary jurisprudence

Students will have a better appreciation of the alternative strategies of legal interpretation and reasoning

Students will better comprehend the nature of law as a contextual – more particularly literary, historical and cultural - discipline

Intended Skill Outcomes

Subject specific skills:

Ability to identify principal arguments in narrative and literary jurisprudence
Ability to engage interdisciplinary and inter-textual legal study
Ability to pursue research in particular aspects of narrative and literary jurisprudence

Cognitive skills:

Ability to engage critical and communicative strategies of advanced legal reasoning
Ability to synthesize texts and materials from different sources and disciplines
Ability to discern relative critical merit in legal and literary argument

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials61:006:00Pre-recorded and provided online.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Intended to support each piece of ACW.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1167:00167:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The purpose of lectures is to provide students with a solid grounding in particular critical skills and knowledge bases with which they are likely be relatively unfamiliar. The purpose of seminars will be to allow students to develop relevant subject and cognitive skills in the closer context of particular texts and particular concepts introduced in lectures. The nature of the course suggests that actively engaged seminar work will be of especial value. Private study will be directed to further enhance this particular experience.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1003500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assessment for this kind of course is well-suited to research-based essay assignments. It is the most appropriate means by which to assess the development of communication, written and research skills, whilst also permitting students to illustrate the development of necessary subject-specific knowledge bases.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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