Fall 2020  |  SOC 5171 Section 001: Sociology of International Law: Human Rights & Trafficking (33113)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Online Course
Enrollment Requirements:
Graduate Student
Meets With:
SOC 4171 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/08/2020 - 12/16/2020
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
Off Campus
Enrollment Status:
Open (6 of 7 seats filled)
Course Catalog Description:
This course takes a sociological approach to international law, considering how history, institutions, power, and interests shape the phenomenon. What is international law, where does it come from, and how does it work? What does international law tell us about globalization and nation-states? Does it make a difference in the world? Does it have a real impact on the day-to-day lives of individuals? When is it followed; when is it ignored? This course takes a broad sociological view of international law. We analyze the actors and processes that constitute international law and then focus on particular substantive areas, including human rights, economic development,environmental concerns, trafficking, and drug interdiction. prereqs: Graduate student or instructor consent
Class Notes:
This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click this link for more detailed information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?boyle014+SOC5171+Fall2020
Class Description:
This course takes a sociological approach to international law, considering how history, institutions, power, and interests create and shape it. We focus particularly on the Transnational Organized Crime treaty, which covers human trafficking and smuggling. We consider why the U.S. was willing to ratify this treaty while failing to ratify many others. We also consider how international law issues are framed, and how the choice of frames has costs as well as benefits for addressing the root problems.
Who Should Take This Class?:

This course satisfies an elective requirement for the Law, Criminology, and Deviance major. It is appropriate for all Sociology majors, aspiring lawyers, and those interested in the social world.

Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
9 July 2020

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