Spring 2021  |  SOC 4101W Section 001: Sociology of Law (49010)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Online Course
Meets With:
SOC 4101V Section 001
SOC 5101 Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/19/2021 - 05/03/2021
Tue, Thu 01:00PM - 02:15PM
Off Campus
Enrollment Status:
Closed (49 of 49 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
This course will consider the relationship between law and society, analyzing law as an expression of cultural values, a reflection of social and political structure, and an instrument of social control and social change. Emphasizing a comparative perspective, we begin by discussing theories about law and legal institutions. We then turn our attention to the legal process and legal actors, focusing on the impact of law, courts, and lawyers on the rights of individuals. Although this course focuses on the US legal system, we will explore issues of the relationship between US law and global law and concepts of justice. prereq: [[SOC 1001] and [SOC 1101 or 3101 or 3102]] recommended, Sociology majors/minors must register A-F
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+SOC4101W+Spring2021
Class Description:
Law is an institution of enormous social impact, where the most pressing and controversial issues of our time are debated (e.g., When is a collection of cells a human being? Should the state be allowed to kill juveniles who commit crimes? Who owns electronic information?). Sometimes people turn to law for protection and relief; at other times, they seek to avoid it at all costs. Law can be a force for achieving equality and redistributing power in society; yet it can also be conservative, rooted in age-old traditions and customs, with tightly controlled boundaries. Law is located in myriad places, from university codes of conduct to international treaties on torture. It permeates every aspect of modern life. In this course, students will learn about the sources, content, and impact of law from a sociological perspective. Graduate students and honors students will meet with the professor outside of class every other week. Graduate students are expected to take a leadership role in the class, read supplemental material, and write a full-length research review on an area of the Sociology of Law that is of particular interest to them.
Online reading quizzes (14): 24%
Midterm: 12%
Final: 12%
Paper components (policy brief, annotated bibliography, rough draft): 15%
Final paper draft: 20%
Group presentation: 7%
Participation: 10%
Class Format:
Most classes are a mix of lecture, video, and discussion. Discussion is focused on the content of, and connections among, course readings. Some days toward the end of the semester will be devoted to group presentations of current events related to law.
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
12 November 2019

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