Criminal Justice-COAS | Sociology of Law
P300 | 27439 | Pridemore
The main objective of this course is to provide you with a basic
sociological understanding of the interactional relationship between
law and society. This means that we will not be reading court cases
and “black-letter law,” but instead we will focus on the
construction of legal codes and their societal ramifications.
Following an introduction to the origins of law, different types of
legal systems, and philosophies of punishment, we will examine law
as both a dependent variable (i.e., how laws are created or changed
by social pressure) and as an independent variable (i.e., law as a
mechanism for social change).
This will allow us to see how law works both as a tool for the
protection of freedoms and for social exploitation.
Class Meeting: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-2:15
Instructor: Professor William Alex Pridemore, criminal justice