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College Catalog 2019-2020 
College Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

SOCI 310 - Law and Society

Law is omnipresent in contemporary social life. How should we understand this development and its consequences? How does law operate to the advantage or disadvantage of various members of society? Can law be the source of significant social change? This course examines the development of a formal, legal system and the ways in which such a system connects to other parts of society. We begin by focusing on individual experiences and understandings of law and what these tell us about how law fits into the larger social order. We then evaluate explanations about the connections between social and legal development. We also consider how the “law in action” operates by examining empirical studies of legal institutions and the limits and potential of law as a source for social change. Alternate years. (4 Credits)