Comparative Law and Justice
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Sociology 304-01/Anthropology 303-01
Spring 2010:  Tuesday/Thursday 2-3:20, Craig-Lee 152
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Course Description:
Globalization is a buzzword in today’s society, but it is a buzzword with real consequences. We live in a world in which connections across national borders have become increasingly important to all aspects of life, from corporate outsourcing to immigration politics, from internet communications to transnational crime. This course takes globalization as a starting point for considering the comparative organization of legal and justice systems around the world. As an interdisciplinary course, it draws from anthropology, sociology, political science, and legal studies to paint a picture of the very different ways that countries make laws, govern their populations, respond to crime, and conceive of human rights. The course will provide students with a foundation in comparative analysis that enables them to understand the complexities of global legal and justice problems and to use cross-national data to better understand the legal and justice systems they will experience in their personal and professional lives. On a more applied note, the course will enable students to develop their skills in research, writing, and electronic publishing through a semester-long project requiring students to gather data on a specific country and create a wiki page about it.

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