FALL 2017 CLASS SCHEDULETo read course descriptions, click on the course titles below.
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Note that courses are subject to change.
|LEGAL_ST 101-6-20||First-Year Seminar: The U.S. West||Shana B Bernstein|
LEGAL_ST 101-6-20 First-Year Seminar: The U.S. West
In this course we will examine the history of the U.S. West as both frontier and region, real and imagined. We will consider topics such as Indian Removal, wars of conquest, law, immigration and migration, race, gender, nationality, class, and environment. Much of our focus will be on the role mythology has played shaping memories and understandings of the region.
|LEGAL_ST 206-0-20||Law and Society (also SOCIOL 206)||Joanna Grisinger|
LEGAL_ST 206-0-20 Law and Society (also SOCIOL 206)
Law is everywhere. Law permits, prohibits, enables, legitimates, protects, and prosecutes citizens. Law shapes our daily lives in countless ways. This course examines the connections and relationships of law and society using an interdisciplinary social science approach. As one of the founders of the Law and Society movement observed, "Law is too important to leave to lawyers." Accordingly, this course will borrow from several theoretical, disciplinary, and interdisciplinary perspectives (including sociology, history, anthropology, political science, and psychology) in order to explore the sociology of law and law's role. This course introduces the relationship between social, cultural, political, and economic forces on the one hand, and legal rules, practices, and outcomes, on the other. We focus on several important questions about law including: How do culture, structure, and conflict explain the relationship between law and society? Why do people obey the law? Why do people go to court? How does the legal system work? What is the role of lawyers, judges, and juries? How does law on the books differ from law in action? How do social problems become legal ones? How can law create or constrain social change?
|LEGAL_ST 318-1-20||Legal and Constitutional History of the United States (taught with HISTORY 318-1-20)||Joanna Grisinger|
LEGAL_ST 318-1-20 Legal and Constitutional History of the United States (taught with HISTORY 318-1-20)
This course explores some of the major questions and problems of American legal history from the colonial era to 1850. First, we will examine how and why the colonies developed their laws and legal institutions, and how these evolved over time. Next, we will explore the legal, political, and social forces that led to the American Revolution, and we will look at how Americans drew on their legal experiences in drafting a constitution. We will then examine how judicial and legislative action guided and enabled explosive economic growth in the nineteenth century. Not everyone was able to participate in the new economy, however; we will explore how the law created separate categories for women, American Indians, and African Americans that limited their participation in law, politics, and society. By the end of this course, you should be able to: read, understand, and analyze different kinds of legal texts; understand a variety of legal concepts and doctrines and their meaning in historical context; understand the distinct roles played by different actors (judges, legislatures, lawyers, litigants, voters, etc.) within the constitutional system; and make cogent, evidence-based arguments about these core themes in law and legal history.
|LEGAL_ST 332-0-20||Constitutional Law I (also POLI SCI 332)||Galya Ruffer|
LEGAL_ST 332-0-20 Constitutional Law I (also POLI SCI 332)
This course investigates the structure of American government as laid out by the Constitution. It will also examine the many controversies over what, exactly, the Constitution means, who gets to decide, and how. We will discuss judicial review, the powers of Congress and the executive branch, and the relationship between the federal government and the states.
|LEGAL_ST 348-0-20||Race, Politics, and the Law (taught with SOCIOL 348-0-20)||Heather Schoenfeld|
LEGAL_ST 348-0-20 Race, Politics, and the Law (taught with SOCIOL 348-0-20)
This course examines conceptualizations race and racism across the social sciences to situate the role of race in contemporary U.S. politics, policymaking and law. The course considers how race continues to structure life experiences, social outcomes, opinions and political affiliations. Using contemporary political and legal issues, the course addresses how the law deals with racial inequality. Pre-requisite - LS/Soc 206
|LEGAL_ST 376-0-20||Law & Culture (taught with ANTHRO 378)||Katherine Hoffman|
LEGAL_ST 376-0-20 Law & Culture (taught with ANTHRO 378)
Law and Culture is a seminar-style introduction to the anthropology of law as the intersection of law, culture, and language. Through both theoretical and ethnographic texts, the course considers legal institutions as important sites for the creation, negotiation, and reformulation of social and cultural norms and practices. We consider the ways in which culture and language shape law, and the ways in which law conditions and constrains culture and language. Throughout, our attention remains on individual actors interacting with legal systems and principles and people's expectations of the law. We examine in cross-cultural perspective such matters as evidence, persuasion, performance, and discourse on human rights, legal pluralism, indigenous populations, globalization, and gender. Throughout, questions of power, agency, and inequality (especially around gender and race/ethnicity) animate our investigations. Most of our readings concern Muslim societies or populations, so we will examine intersections between various interpretations of Islamic law and other legal traditions. The legal anthropological texts we read give close attention to spoken and/or written language. The linguistic anthropological readings take the courtroom and/or disputes as their object of analysis.
|LEGAL_ST 398-1-20||Advanced Research Seminar (Majors Only)||Laura Beth Nielsen|
LEGAL_ST 398-1-20 Advanced Research Seminar (Majors Only)
Legal Studies 398-1,2 is a two-quarter sequence required for all Legal Studies majors. This seminar exposes students to a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to law and legal institutions; over two quarters, students will develop their own research paper on a topic of interest.