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DDRO 1965A - Law and Society

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the social theories on law, inviting students to think about what it means to view law as a social phenomenon. The course will examine the emergence of a specifically sociological approach to law, as well as explore the idea that law is both a social construct (i.e., the product of interactions between social actors), and a tool for control/change in society. Accordingly, students will be introduced to various themes of contemporary inquiry in this field, including: social and legal identities; legal domination and legal resistance; legal consciousness and legal reasoning; legal professions and legal knowledge; and legal cultures, legal pluralism and globalization.


SOUSA RODRIGUES, Bruno (Doctorant à Sciences Po)

Course validation

Class participation: 20% Mid-term take home exam: 40% Final paper: 40%

Required reading

  • Roger Cotterrell, Law, culture and society: legal ideas in the mirror of social theory, Burlington: Ashgate, 2006.
  • Austin Sarat (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to Law and Society, Malden (Mass.): Blackwell Publishing, 2004.