Feb 23, 2024
SOC 2400 - Breaking the Law
This interdisciplinary course explores central questions about law, crime, justice, social change, human rights, globalization, and technology in the new global era. The dominant global forces that have defined the 21st century have massively transformed law and legal frameworks, at both local and global levels. How is violence enacted through law, and how is law’s violence resisted, challenged, and overcome? What is law’s role in relation to patterns of discrimination and marginalization that produce social suffering and vulnerability? In relation to global human rights regimes and international justice mechanisms? In relation to inequalities in access to health care and other basic human goods? How are our understandings of our own bodies, lives, and futures shaped by law?
Requisites: Fr or Soph
Credit Hours: 3
OHIO BRICKS Arch: Connected World, Foundations: Intercultural Explorations
General Education Code (students who entered prior to Fall 2021-22): 2SS
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
- Students will be able to describe law’s formative and constitutive role in society and culture.
- Students will be able to articulate the complex relationships among law, society, culture, and power, in domestic as well as global contexts.
- Students will be able to analyze law and justice in relationship to inequality, discrimination, and marginalization.
- Students will be able to explain how law and law-like systems of rules empower and constrain individuals, groups, organizations, and communities in cross-cultural and cross-temporal contexts.
- Students will be able to analyze law holistically, as a social institution that is culturally constructed, politically contested, and historically contingent.
- Students will be able to apply critical thinking skills to identify, assess, and solve challenges confronting law and legal frameworks in the new global era.
- Students will be able to describe how social scientific inquiry on issues relating to law contributes to becoming an informed citizen in local, national, and global arenas.
- Students will be able to articulate how their own identity and positionality shapes their social and cultural inquiry into law as well as their values, assumptions, beliefs, and practices.
- Students will be able to interpret cultural beliefs, assumptions, values, and practices in context to appreciate other perspectives and different points of view.
- Students will be able to apply the logic and methods of social scientific inquiry in their cross-cultural encounters while recognizing complexities, suspending judgment, and valuing difference.
- Students will be able to interpret the intercultural experience of the impact on law from their own and others¿ points of view, and act in a supportive manner that recognizes the experiences and feelings of other communities and cultural groups.
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