Sociology of Law
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Sociology of Law
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lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
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lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
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Course aims
The course aims to help students understand how is possible to study law from the perspective of the social sciences; what is the interrelationships of legal practices, institutions, doctrines and the related social contexts; how norms, actors and institutions affect the everyday life.
Brief description of the course
The course gives an overview of the basics of analytical concepts in sociology of law, starting with classic theories of law and society. Course focus on studies on interpretation of law and legal institutions as well as nature of crime in an legal and social world. The course combines lectures and seminars.
The theory section of lectures gives overview about conceptualisation and main theories. The seminars will involve texts distributed by the lecturer that look mostly at the empirical studies on the interrelationships of legal and social factors. Additionally, there are seminars, where students’ assignments and presentations based on them will be made, reviewed and discussed.
Independent work
Written assignment by students, that is a short analytical essay on based on material provided by teacher and is written according to the teacher’s instructions (available in moodle).
The same assignement will be basis for a powerpoint presentation in seminar, prepared according to the teacher’s instructions (available in moodle).
Learning outcomes in the course
Is familiar with the basic literature and consepts on law and society; has understanding of contemporary relevance of sociology of law and enhanced understanding for social scientific critical thinking; has developed basic capability to interpret and discuss scholarly texts.
Assessment methods
The grade will be based on assignment (written work + seminar presentation) and a written exam.
40% assignment (written work + seminar presentation)
60 % written exam
Prof. Airi-Alina Allaste
Study literature
Valitud peatükid raamatutest:

Banakar, R. (2014) Normativity in Legal Sociology: Methodological Reflections on Law and Regulation in Late Modernity Springer International Publishing AG
Cotterrell, R. (1992) Sociology of Law: An Introduction. LexisNexis UK
Felson M & Eckert M (2016). Crime and Everyday Life. Fifth Edition. Sage, Los Angeles.
Laub J & Sampson R (2003). Shared Beginnings, Divergent Lives. Harvard University Press, Cambridge.
Trevino, A. (2017) The Sociology of Law: Classical and Contemporary Perspectives Routledge

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