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Law and Religion

Cardiff Law School was one of the first Law Schools in the UK to offer a course on Law and Religion for undergraduates. The course is open to all second and final year students who are studying an undergraduate course at the Law School.  The course was originally called Comparative Law of Religion and counted for 30 credits towards the law degree. The course is now called Law of Religion and is available as both a 20 credit and 30 credit option.

The module introduces students to the law regulating and affecting religion and belief in Europe, including the law of England and Wales, and to modern controversies with legal implications in this field. Participants will explore the extent to which English law accommodates religious difference and will compare and contrast this with models and approaches to be found in other European jurisdictions.

The module is taught by Professor Norman Doe and Dr Russell Sandberg who lead two-hour long seminars.  The first hour of most seminars focus on the legal position in England and Wales whilst the second hour broadens the analysis to explore other European jurisdictions.  The syllabus currently covers the following topics:

For further details about studying undergraduate law at Cardiff, see the Law School Website