Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Sociology of Law 2

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION Sociology of Law 2 primarily offers thematic discussions on the place and role of law in relation to other major social institutions including the economy, politics and culture. The study-unit also deals with selected problems with regards to the enforcement of law and its globalization while each thematic section is approached in a way that is theoretically informed. Thus substantive issues are framed on the basis of theoretically meaningful models. Aspects of the theoretical approaches introduced in the Sociology of Law 1 will re-emerge in this unit, both in divulging the effectiveness of the theoretical orientations as well as with regards to introducing some more recent developments that surfaced from, or in reaction to, perspectives discussed previously. What is reviewed in this unit is necessarily selective, but it should cover salient theoretical innovations and model cases of empirical research.

Both study-units - Sociology of Law 1 and 2 - aim to give the student a vision of the sociology of law based on a review of theoretical and empirical developments in this sociological speciality.

Study-unit Aims

- To present a vision of the sociology of law on the basis of a review of the most important empirical developments in this sociological speciality.
- To provide a social scientific analysis of sociological issues and contexts that influence the development of law in society.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- make the connection between law and other institutions .
- understand law's function in terms of social integration.
- recognise the mutual dependence of legal and economic life in the context of market societies.
- understand the relationship between law and the polity; law and democracy.
- identify inequalities in law, for instance with regards to gender.
- understand special problems associated with law, specifically the enforcement of law and its globalization.

2. Skills: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- acquire familiarity with bibliographical and search tools appropriate for her/his research, study and presentation needs.
- gain the ability to situate her/his particular research interests and disciplines within a wider Humanities framework.
- enhance her/his critical appraisal and study skills.
- navigate with confidence through online resources beyond Google.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

Texts are available at the Library.

- Deflem, M. (2008) Sociology of Law – Visions of scholarly tradition. Cambridge University Press.
- Deflem, M. (2002) Policing World Society: Historical Foundations of International Police Cooperation. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Dingwall, R. (2002) “Ethnomethodology and Law” in An Introduction to Law and Social Theory, ed. R. Banakar and M. Travers. Portland, OR: Hart Publishing.
- Durkheim, E. (1893) 1984. The Division of Labour in Society. Macmillan Press Ltd: London.
- Edelman, L. and R. Stryker (2005) “A Sociological Approach to Law and the Economy” in The Handbook of Economic Sociology 2nd edn. Eds. N.J. Smelser and R. Swedberg. Russell Sage Foundation: New York.
- Ehrlich, E. (1913) 2001. Fundamental Principles of the Sociology of Law . Transaction Publishers:U.S.
- Foucault, M. (1975) 1977. Discipline and Punish: The birth of the prison. New York: Pantheon.
- Luhmann, N. (1993) 2004. Law as a Social System. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- MacCorquodale, P. and G. Jensen. (1993) “Women in the Law: partners or tokens?” Gender and Society 7 (4): 582-593.
- Parsons, T. (1954) “A Sociologist Looks at the Legal Profession” Pp. 370-385 in his Essays in Sociological Theory. Rev. edn. New York: The Free Press.
- Timacheff, N. (1939 ) 1976. An Intoducion to the Sociology of Law. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.



Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Bridget Borg

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