Criminal Justice-COAS | Law and Society
P610 | 24749 | Parnell


In P610 we will consider how law shapes and is shaped by legal and
non-legal institutions and processes through reading empirical and
theoretical work that represents approaches, questions, and stances
that have been of interest in the law and society field and
movement.  Among other topics, we will look at notions of official
and unofficial law; legal pluralism; critical legal studies; law,
race, and gender; law and capitalism; and roles of law in the
distribution of power. The syllabus is set up with flexibility in
mind so that students can also suggest areas for collective study
and so we can use readings to respond to questions that persist
throughout class discussions. 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 the politics of legal research within the social sciences
and humanities as well as the use of legal research to bring about
social change. Grades will be based on essays. Students will be
encouraged to develop their own thoughts, views, stances, and
questions while working within and through law and society
frameworks.

Class Meeting: Monday, 5:45-8:15

Instructor:  Professor Phil Parnell, Criminal Justice Department