SOC 218
Law and Modern Society Spring 2022
Division II
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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 Japan, England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, Germany, Norway, and Canada.
The Class: Format: lecture; discussion
Limit: 30
Expected: 30
Class#: 3367
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: a short paper and midterm and final exams
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Priority given to sociology majors.
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: JLST Interdepartmental Electives

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