QLLM170 Cultural Diversity and Law (Sem 1)
This module explores, in comparative perspective, how different legal systems manage cultural diversity, which includes religious, ethnic and linguistic diversity. The module is based on the English legal system as the core case study and compares it to the experience of other legal systems in the management of cultural diversity. The comparative study of legal approaches to cultural diversity includes an exploration of legal pluralism, the significance of long-standing and newer diversities introduced through immigration, the problems of assimilation and integration, and paradigms of citizenship, multiculturalism and secularism. We select among and examine conceptual and substantive issues including assimilation, integration, pluralism and secularism; ethnicity; legal pluralism; immigration; family relations; education; blasphemy and religious hatred; mental health; discrimination; and criminalisation.
The aims are to introduce students to:
- the different ways in which cultural diversity manifests in different jurisdictions;
- the different ways conflicts and tensions develop in plural societies;
- how legal systems frame their approaches to managing cultural diversity;
- the theoretical tools developed to study legal and cultural diversity, inter alia, through the paradigm of legal pluralism;
- the study of a variety of substantive areas of law and how diversity is managed within these legal contexts;
and equipping them with critical interdisciplinary tools with which to analyse the discourses around these problems.
Mode of Assessment
5,000 word course essay