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PH147-30 Introduction to PPL

Undergraduate Level 1
Module leader
Patrick Tomlin
Credit value
Module duration
20 weeks
100% coursework
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

PH147 Introduction to PPL

Module web page

Module aims

The module will essentially comprise of three areas of study:
a. Legal skills
b. Academic literature/theories/debates from the intersections of politics, philosophy, and law.
c. Core cases – legal skills plus seeing how real case law asks political and philosophical questions.

This module introduces students to a range of concepts, theories, and issues that are central to the study of Philosophy, Politics and Law.

Since students will be receiving separate training in each of the disciplines, it focuses on the intersections between the disciplines.

Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

Please note that this is illustrative. The exact topics will change year-to-year, with input from whoever is teaching the course that year.

Term 1: Reading Cases, Reading Legislation, The Rule of Law, Moral Luck, Civil Disobedience, Judicial Review and Democracy

Term 2: Cases

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • An understanding of key concepts, theories, problems, and methods in moral, political, legal thinking and how the three interact.
  • Engagement in rigorous analytic thinking and advancement of views through careful reading and discussion in seminars.
  • Ability to read and interpret legal cases.
  • Ability to identify the legal, political, and philosophical issues that legislation and legal cases raise, and some of the political, philosophical, and legal theories that can shed light on these.
  • Ability to understand the way in which the study of law, politics, and philosophy complement one another.
  • Ability to understand key theories and issues to be found at the intersections of law, politics, and philosophy, including topics from legal philosophy, political theory, and the study of law and politics.
Indicative reading list

See online reading list.

View reading list on Talis Aspire


Taught jointly by Philosophy, Politics and International Studies, and Law.

Subject specific skills


Transferable skills


Teaching split

Provider Weighting
Philosophy 34%
Politics & International Studies 33%
School of Law 33%

Study time

Type Required
Lectures 18 sessions of 1 hour (6%)
Seminars 18 sessions of 1 hour (6%)
Online learning (independent) (0%)
Private study 264 hours (88%)
Total 300 hours
Private study description

Private study.


No further costs have been identified for this module.

You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Assessment group A4
Weighting Study time
Essay 1 50%
Essay 2 50%
Feedback on assessment

Students will be able to submit three essays, and the two highest marks will contribute 50% to the overall module mark.
Detailed written feedback will be provided on all three essays.
Detailed and regular feedback will be provided throughout the module seminars.
Students may consult their seminar tutor in addition during their weekly advice and feedback hours.


This module is Core for:

  • UPHA-V7MW Undergraduate Politics, Philosophy and Law
    • Year 1 of V7MW Politics, Philosophy and Law
    • Year 1 of V7MW Politics, Philosophy and Law