Criminal Justice-coas | Law and Society
P610 | 1596 | Parnell


In P610 we will consider how law shapes and is shaped by legal and
non-legal institutions and processes through reading classic and
influential works produced by researchers from the law and society
field and movement.  One of our goals is to gain a perspective on the
nature of law in U.S. society—a rule of law society—against the
backdrop of how relationships between law and society have varied over
time and across societies. We will also consider various stances
researchers take on the nature of official law as they study its
manifestation within and production by non-legal relationships,
institutions, and processes. This will include consideration of the
politics of legal research within the social sciences and humanities
as well as the use of legal research to bring about social change.
Readings will be drawn from the increasingly diverse Criminal Justice
Graduate Program Law and Society reading list. Grades will be based on
essays that present and critique assigned readings, to be submitted at
each class meeting, and participation in class discussions. Students
will be encouraged to develop their own thoughts, views, stances, and
questions while working within and through law and society frameworks.

Class Meeting:  M, 5:45 - 8:15, SY 146

Instructor:  Professor Phil Parnell, Criminal Justice Department