TimeDaysLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS Class NumberSyllabus (Tentative)
Tarbutton Hall 105
Jeffery Mullis. HSC. 41093 TBA.

January 12, 2011- April 25, 2011

Catalog Description: An introduction to the sociological study of law, this course deals with the organization, profession, and practice of law and with the relationships between law and social change.

Semester Details:

This course provides a foundation for understanding the role and limits of law in human society. Students will learn how the sociology of law offers a distinctive viewpoint within the larger field of sociolegal studies, how this viewpoint differs radically from the traditional jurisprudential model of law, and why it has practical relevance for everyone.  Topics include criminal, civil, and administrative law; the evolution of legal norms; law and the larger universe of social control; the professional socialization of law school students; attitudinal and behavioral patterns among police, lawyers, judges, and juries; and current controversies over the death penalty, gun control, drug laws, and religious expression.

Required Textbooks, Articles, and Resources

  1. Black, Donald. Sociological Justice.
    ISBN: 9780195085587.
  2. Online Reserve Readings.


Assignment/ExamDetails% of Total Grade
4 essay assignments
2 quizzes
final exam

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