Criminal Justice-COLL | Law and Society: The Cross-Cultural Perspective
P340 | 11968 | Parnell

Law and Society is a broad field built on research and theory that
addresses ways that law expresses and is a part of society and
culture. Originating in the Law and Society Movement in the 1960s,
the field has grown to encompass researchers from numerous
disciplines, including law, sociology, anthropology, political
science, history, philosophy, and psychology. Its topics range from
the study of legal professionals to how communities create their own
distinctive systems of law while reshaping state law to their own
interests, goals, and identities. In this course we will examine
many different forms of law in society as expressions of popular
ways of thinking, communicating, and organizing the world.  We will
consider how law moves beyond officially legal institutions and
processes and into our everyday lives and consciousness through
merging with other popular forms of cultural expression and
thought.  Drawing on an interdisciplinary range of readings and
research, we will reflect on how law forms a context for both
expressing and shaping notions of responsibility, self, community,
truth, rights, power, harmony, and control, and how the social world
as we envision it can and should be held together.

Class Meeting:  Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00-2:15, HU 217

Distribution credit:  S&H, intensive writing

Instructor: Professor Phil Parnell, criminal justice department