SOCI 280 Sociology of the Law

 This course uses a sociological framework to examine the relationship between society and the law. It explores how society is shaped and reshaped by the legal system as it relates to compliance, deterrence, dis/abilities, and social control. Topics include crime and punishment, disability and social accessibility, identit(ies), reproductive justice, social “isms,” and social movements. We will explore the historical and contemporary arguments presented by such theorists as Marx Weber, Durkheim, and Foucault, Crenshaw, as well as review legal movements that influence social behavior, and the meaning of justice. Students will examine how the overarching themes of legal, political, social, cultural, and economic systems and relationships have independently and dependently been shaped and reshaped over time.




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