Studying Law & Society at Kenyon
Students concentrating in law and society focus on three areas: philosophies of law, law as a social institution, and law and government. The exploration begins with an introductory survey course and concludes with an intensive research project.
Introduction to Legal Studies
We’ll examine the law, legal profession and legal institutions from various interdisciplinary perspectives. Topics include law as a social institution and social-control mechanism; history of law in the U.S.; criminal justice; philosophy of law; law and psychology; comparative legal cultures; and law and social change.
Media and the Law
Explore the intersection of media and law within social institutions and cultural contexts, examining the role the media plays in the American justice system and the socio-legal issues journalists face in pursuing their craft. Central to the course is an analysis of the speech and press clauses of the First Amendment.