Introduction to Law & Society I
This course is designed to introduce students to the broad ranging field of Law and Society. Our focus is to challenge how people ordinarily understand Law by beginning to think about the various ways that law shapes social life and how social life shapes the creation and transformation of law. Themes addressed may include law and social control, law and culture, law and economics, law and violence, law and governance, law and diversity, and law and social change. Students will consider the various ways law gains its meaning and authority from society and the extent to which law shapes society through its regulatory and ideological force.