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Course Code: SOCI422 Course ID: 3706 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is a study of law, law-making, law-enforcement, and legal systems in social life. Course content focuses on the American legal system from a sociological perspective--its origins, development, and current format, and examines the sources of the legal tradition, the function of legislation in society, and current trends in the social construction of norms. The course investigates the human need for social order and conflict resolution, and how that takes shape in the social world.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Start Month Session Weeks
09/28/2021 - 03/04/2022 03/07/2022 - 05/01/2022 March Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
11/30/2021 - 04/29/2022 05/02/2022 - 06/26/2022 May Spring 2022 Session I 8 Week session
01/25/2022 - 07/01/2022 07/04/2022 - 08/28/2022 July Summer 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing this course the student will be able to:

  • 1. Compare and contrast legal jurisprudence with the sociology of law.
    2. Describe the theoretical traditions that spurred the development of a sociology of law.
    3. Demonstrate knowledge of the concept of hegemony and explain how hegemony makes the law seem legitimate, fair, and just.
    4. Assess the main arguments of Critical Race Theory.
    5. Explain the concept of legal pluralism and offer examples of legal pluralism seen in the United States.
    6. Analyze the ways in which race, class, and structural dilemmas faced by policymakers and enforcement agents have led to the selective enforcement of law and discuss the consequences of this.
    7. Analyze the conditions under which the law can usher in real social change.
    8. Describe the transformation in policing, surveillance, and punishment from the 16th century through to modern times.
    9. Produce a social scientific analysis of a sociology of law research question.

Discussions:

Participation in classroom dialogue on threaded Discussions is required some weeks of class. Initial Discussion posts are due Thursdays, peer responses are due Sundays. Instructions and specific grading rubrics are found under the Discussions tab in our classroom.

Assignments:
This course includes Assignments. Instructions and specific grading rubrics are found under the Assignments tab in our classroom.

Extra Credit:

Extra credit is not offered in this course.

After completing this course the student will be able to:

  • 1. Compare and contrast legal jurisprudence with the sociology of law.
    2. Describe the theoretical traditions that spurred the development of a sociology of law.
    3. Demonstrate knowledge of the concept of hegemony and explain how hegemony makes the law seem legitimate, fair, and just.
    4. Assess the main arguments of Critical Race Theory.
    5. Explain the concept of legal pluralism and offer examples of legal pluralism seen in the United States.
    6. Analyze the ways in which race, class, and structural dilemmas faced by policymakers and enforcement agents have led to the selective enforcement of law and discuss the consequences of this.
    7. Analyze the conditions under which the law can usher in real social change.
    8. Describe the transformation in policing, surveillance, and punishment from the 16th century through to modern times.
    9. Produce a social scientific analysis of a sociology of law research question.
Book Title:Sociology of Law: Visions of a Scholarly Tradition, 2008 Ed. -e-book available online, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
ISBN:9780521673921
Publication Info:Cambridge University Press
Author:Mathieu Deflem
Unit Cost:$38.26
 
Book Title:Invitation to Law and Society: An Introduction to the Study of Real Law - e-book available online, please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
ISBN:9780226089973
Author:Calavita
Unit Cost:$13.05
 
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
ISBN:ERESERVE NOTE
 

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.