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SOCL 246 The Sociology of Law

3 s.h.

The Sociology of Law deals with the values, ideologies and patterns of interaction that underlie the way our society is organized through and around our legal system. The Sociology of Law will cover topics such as: the norms and rules prescribing appropriate behavior, the mechanisms of soical control, the inequalities in our social and legal systems based on race, class, politics, sexuality and gender, power dynamics, individual identity in relation to the law, the court and correctional systems and the actors involved in the functioning of our legal system. Students will become familiar with the theoretical and methodological foundations for studying the sociology of law as well as various legal processes, socially influential court cases and how both individuals and society react to our justice system in an historical context. (LA)

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