Understanding Law and Social Change

How does law affect people and society? How do people and society influence law? Can law bring about social change? In what ways? This course approaches the study of law as a social institution, and examines law, legal actors, and legal institutions from various perspectives such as sociology, psychology, political science, and legal scholarship. We will discuss theoretical perspectives on the relationship between law and society, the relationship between law and social behaviour, law in action in various social contexts, the role of law in social change, and the roles of lawyers, judges, and juries.

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