Scales of Justice, Tilted and Broken
Law & Society
Sociology 318, Rhode Island College
Mikaila Mariel Lemonik Arthur
Email: marthur AT ric DOT edu
What is law? There are various responses to this question, but all agree that the rules and institutions of law have profound effects on shaping the political and social world in which we live. This course uncovers what some of these effects are, with a primary focus on legal institutions, laws, and court cases in the United States. By the end of this course, you will have developed skills in reading and understanding legal documents, especially course cases, and you will be able to analyze the intersection of law, social inequality, and various social institutions and understanding the foundations of law and the roles that it plays in our society. Specific topics of discussion will include theories of law; law as it relates to social control and social change; and the organization of law as a system, profession, and practice.
Copyright Mikaila Mariel Lemonik Arthur, 2008