Jul 15, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2021-22 
    
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2021-22 [Archived Catalog]

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ANTH 4590 - Legal Anthropology


This course focuses on the comparative study of law, legal institutions, and other modes of dispute processing and regulation, in both contemporary and historical societies. We read foundational works in legal anthropology, examine ethnographic studies of legal structures in non-Western cultures, and apply anthropological theories to facets of the U.S. legal system. Through the course, we explore legal pluralism, law and colonialism, law and culture, and law and everyday life. We also consider ethnographies of human rights, law, and justice in conflict and post-conflict settings.

Requisites: 6 hours in ANTH including ANTH 1010
Credit Hours: 3
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 seminar
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Analyze law in relation to culture, society, politics, and power.
  • Apply cultural anthropology knowledge to the analysis of law in various societies and historical periods, including contemporary U.S. society.
  • Critique ethnographic texts and scholarly anthropology articles.
  • Explain the development of the field of legal anthropology across time, from the colonial period to the present.
  • Explain the impact of global legal frameworks and mechanisms on local societies.
  • Identify the major controversies and debates in legal anthropology.



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