SOC 218 Law and Modern Society

Last offered Spring 2014

This class is designed to introduce students to the field of law and society. The course begins with an overview of the various theoretical perspectives on the subject, including Durkheimian, Marxist, Foucauldian, and Weberian analyses of law and society; as well as the work of those following in the different theoretical schools established by these scholars. Informed by the theoretical overview, the next part of the course considers empirical research in selected areas of law, including tort law, criminal trial procedures, abortion and divorce law, "community justice," and the adjudication of drug offenses. Recognizing that understandings of our own legal practices are enlightened through comparisons to other legal systems, the second half of the course is primarily historical/comparative in focus. In this section, through an exploration of several case studies, American legal processes and habits are compared with related legal practices in such places as England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, Germany, Norway, and Canada.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: a short paper and midterm and final exams
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: none
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: JLST Theories of Justice/Law
Enrollment Limit: 35
Expected Enrollment: 35
Class Number: 3216
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SOC 218 LEC Law and Modern Society Division 2: Social Studies James L. Nolan
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