Categories: Legal Theory and Jurisprudence

Instructor(s) Conti, Joseph

Interaction among contents, purposes, applications and effects of legal rules and other social phenomena, including the organization of the legal machinery. Field research and historical material.

Learning objectives. Beyond the specific substantive content we will cover in this course, I have designed this course to achieve the following instructional objectives designated by the Department of Sociology:
1. Critically Evaluate Published Research. Sociology graduates will be able to read and evaluate published research as it appears in academic journals and popular or policy publications.
2. Communicate Skillfully: Sociology majors write papers and make oral presentations that build arguments and assess evidence in a clear and effective manner. This course also satisfies the University’s Communications-B requirement and is designed to develop advanced skills in:
• critical reading, logical thinking, and the use of evidence
• the use of appropriate style and disciplinary conventions in writing and speaking
• the productive use of core library resources specific to the discipline
3. Critical Thinking about Society and Social Processes: Sociology graduates can look beyond the surface of issues to discover the "why" and "how" of social order and structure and consider the underlying social mechanisms that may be creating a situation, identify evidence that may adjudicate between alternate explanations for phenomena, and develop proposed policies or action plans in light of theory and data.
4. See Things from a Global Perspective: Sociologists learn about different cultures, groups, and societies across both time and place. They are aware of the diversity of backgrounds and experiences among residents of the United States. They understand the ways events and processes in one country are linked to those in other countries.

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