What is it about finance that makes it appear powerful? How does finance relate to different senses of law, norms and regulation?
The first time the concept of 'freedom' was written down, in Mesopotamia c.2400 BC as ama-gi, its use did not relate to liberty from tyrannical rule, but to freedom from debt-slavery. Why is it that from the first civilisations to the present, debt-finance has exercised such power over peoples that it has led thinkers as diverse as Hindu theologians and classical economists to link finance to power?
Adopting an avowedly critical perspective, this programme refuses simply to accept current financial law and economics as given. The programme develops an understanding of the conditions in which financial crises develop. It is designed to examine the nature of finance and the power it exercises within society.
To achieve this, you will be given a solid grounding in the legal and economic principles of finance. We examine the practice of finance in today’s financial capitals with their money markets and complicated corporate structures. You will develop practical knowledge and the theoretical tools necessary to critique finance as such: from questioning the concepts of money and value, to the power of finance with respect to time and space, the nexus of finance and consciousness, to the deep relations between finance, consumption, desire and life itself.
The study of finance will be combined with that of international economic institutions, and a range of specialised modules that you can choose based on your individual interests.
Careers and Employability
Graduates go on to careers in the charity sector, local and national government and law. Possible professions include barrister, solicitor, or civil service administrator. This International Economic Law (Intensive) programme at Birkbeck, University of London is also useful in a variety of roles within charities, focusing on international development, as an advisor to a private company, or as part of a specialist law firm.
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- Commons, Public Space and the Law
- Crisis, Conflict and Human Rights: Contemporary Challenges
- Critical Migration Law
- Environmental Law and Justice (intensive)
- Environmental Problems and the Law
- Hate Crime
- Human Rights, Poverty and Development
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- 12 months
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DisciplinesEconomics International Law Master of Laws (LLM) View 354 other Masters in Master of Laws (LLM) in United Kingdom
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- A second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in law or a related discipline (see below). We welcome other relevant qualifications and appropriate professional training and experience.
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International17700 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 17700 GBP per year during 12 months.
National11580 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 11580 GBP per year during 12 months.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.