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Semester 4

The fourth semester the students complete the programme by writing a thesis, which provides them with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of socio-legal theories, methods, and argumentation.


Sociology of Law: Master’s Thesis (30 credits).

A Master’s thesis is a research project of limited scope that is intended to exhibit student’s capacity to work independently and carry out research.

The thesis is a limited exercise in conducting systematic empirical research in sociology of law. You will learn the importance of conducting Literature Review, formulating Research Question(s), collecting and analysing empirical material, making a genuine contribution to producing new knowledge, and expressing yourself in an academic language.

To complete this course you must independently design and complete a research project within the field of sociology of law.

You need to identify a relevant issue from within the field, select methods, collect and process empirical material, select theoretical points of departure, analyze this material and present findings in both written and oral form.

Syllabus for the course


Basic Information

  • Master level course, Full time / Part time
  • Code: RÄSM02
  • 30 credits
  • IT distance
  • Language of instruction: English


Admission Requirements

  • At least a Bachelor´s degree including three terms (90 credits) of studies in Sociology of Law or another subject of relevance to the course, e.g. Sociology, Law, Political Science, Social Work, or the equaivalent.
  • At least 30 second-cycle credit in sociology of law theory (SELP02, SELP03) or the equivalent
  • At least 30 second-cycle credits in social science methodology and/or the theory of science (SIMM31, SIMM29, SIMM23)
  • English B (advanced) language proficiency


Course Structure

The course is carried out under the supervision of a supervisor who is assigned to the student by the Sociology of Law Department. The supervisor advises the student and gives viewpoints on the planning of the project, its execution and the presentation of its findings. At the same time the work is an independent project and the student is responsible for the completion of the project.

The completed thesis is reviewed and discussed at a research seminar. The final assessment is primarily based on the quality and the scope of the thesis, although the defense of the student’s thesis at the research seminar will also be taken into consideration. The literature is selected in consultation with the supervisor.


Basic Guidelines

  • The thesis is single-authored
  • The thesis should be approximately 50 pages or 20 000 words
  • A specific guideline regarding supervision is available on our Luvit platform.

Sociology of Law Department
Lund University
Visiting address: Allhelgona Kyrkogata 14 M, 223 62 Lund, 3rd floor
Postal address: Box 42, 221 00 Lund

Faculty of Social Sciences