Students pursuing this area of study will ponder the relationship between law and human behavior and the role of law in society. They will focus their work in three primary areas: philosophies of law, law as a social institution, and law and government.
Students will begin their exploration of law in society with the Introduction to Legal Studies and conclude it with a Senior Seminar in Legal Studies, which will encompass a directed research project within a selected theme or topic.
Introduction to Legal Studies is a survey course which attempts to expose students to a variety of disciplinary approaches to the study of law and legal phenomena. It is intended for students who have attained at least sophomore standing and have had some exposure to the social sciences, usually through an introductory course. The Senior Seminar in Legal Studies is open to juniors and seniors who have taken Introduction to Legal Studies and at least two other courses counting toward fulfillment of the concentration requirements (or to students with permission of the director).
The Law and Society Concentration requires students to complete 2 1/2 units of "specified" law-and-society coursework. These units comprise the following: Introduction to Legal Studies (LGLS 110 or 111, 1/2 unit); a semester's work in a philosophy-of-law subject area (philosophy, political science, or history offerings, 1/2 unit); two courses in two different departments examining "law as a social institution" (1 unit); and the Senior Seminar in Legal Studies (1/2 unit).
LAW AND SOCIETY PROGRAM APPROVED COURSES
2014 - 2015
I. The following courses are offered in the Law and Society Program for the current academic year:
LGLS 110 Introduction to Legal Studies
LGLS 220 Media and the Law
LGLS 371 Exploring Law: Methods in Socio-legal Research
LGLS 410 Sr. Seminar in Legal Studies (permission only)
II. The following courses, offered in the indicated departments, are approved for credit toward fulfilling the requirements for a Law and Society concentration:
PSCI 300 Congress & Public Policymaking
PSCI 491* Transnational Justice
PSYC 321 Abnormal Psychology
RLST 141* Trial, Debates & Controversies
SOCY 244 Race, Ethnicity and American Law
SOCY 291 Mass Incarceration in the U.S.
ENGL 491 Law & Narrative
HIST 322* Human Rights in Latin America
PHIL 115* Practical Issues in Ethics
PSCI 391* Justice and Law
PSCI 391* Human Rights
SOCY 240 Sociology of Deviance
Courses appearing with an asterisk (*) satisfy the concentration's "philosophy of law" requirement; any of the remaining courses may be used to fulfill the "law as social institution" requirement. For more information about the content and/or approach of any particular course listed in Section II, you are encouraged to consult the Course of Study and/or the instructor teaching the course.
April 1, 2014