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Law and Society

The Curricular Committee on Law and Society administers a cross-disciplinary Law and Society major, fosters the general study of issues regarding law and society throughout the college, and encourages public presentations by visiting scholars, jurists, and lawyers. The recommended core law and society courses and research seminars, and the law-related courses, explore

philosophical, political, economic, historical, sociological, ethical, scientific, and religious issues that are central to understanding the role of law and legal institutions in society.

Core law and society courses are selected with the following objectives in mind: 1) center on law and legal institutions directly; 2) explore the historical, philosophical, and ethical underpinnings of the development of law, thought, and institutions; and/or 3) provide the analytic skills necessary to understand the logic and bases of legal thinking as a language in legal institutions, the broader society, and the profession of law. Core research seminars and private reading/research courses provide to students forums to undertake research papers which meet the above objectives. Law-related courses have sections within them that meet at least one of the three objectives that are listed above or provide students an opportunity to write a term paper in which the scholarly issues of the course may be applied to legal institutions, thought, and/or the logic of legal inquiry.

Major. The major consists of at least thirty hours of courses; no more than 8 hours may be taken at the introductory level; no more than 15 hours may be taken away from campus. A minimum of four core courses (at least 12 hours) and at least three additional law-related or core courses (at least 9 hours) is required in the major. In addition, at least one core research seminar, and a private reading-research course on a law-related topic, or a second core research seminar in place of the private reading/research course, is required of all majors. Finally, no more than 15 of the first 30 hours of the major may be taken in one department. Core courses or seminars must be completed in at least three departments. Students must have two advisors from different departments and complete a major registration form, including a rationale for the major, which is submitted to the Chair of the Law and Society Committee for approval by the Law and Society Committee.

Minor. Students may pursue a minor in Law and Society by completing at least fifteen hours of work. At least three core courses (in at least two departments) and two additional law-related and/or core courses must be completed as part of the minor. Students wishing to discuss the Law and Society major, to secure a major registration form, a list of current curricular committee members, or to gain approval for a minor, please contact Ronald Kahn, Chair, Law and Society Curricular Committee, Department of Politics, Rice 232.

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Core Courses

145 Chemistry and Crime

224 Law and Economics

253 Intermediate Microeconomics

259 Revolutionary America and the Early Republic

105 Philosophy and Values

200 Deductive Logic

201 The Analysis of Reasoning

226 Social, Political and Legal Philosophy

103 Political Change in America

202 American Constitutional Law

204 American Environmental Law

233 American Political Theory

982 British Constitutional Law and Individual Rights

245 Moral Issues in Religious Perspective

249 Issues in Medical Ethics

123 Deviance, Discord, and Dismay

271 Sociology of Law and Legal Institutions

273 Criminology, Delinquency, and Legal Policy
331 Torts, Trials, and Troubles -- The Social Origins of Law

Core Research Seminars

432 Seminar in the Economics of Discrimination

342 Seminar: Moralized Violence and Meaningful Life

364 Seminar: Individual Responsibility

266 Seminar in First Amendment

300 Seminar in Contemporary Constitutional Theory

321 Seminar in International Politics: International Human Rights & Law
334 Seminar: Justice and Democracy in Contemporary America

340 Seminar: Ethical Issues in Death and Dying

472 Sociology of Law Seminar

Law-Related Courses

103 History of Greece

104 History of Rome

206 Greek and Roman Drama in Translation

206 Financial Management

219 Labor-Management Relations

225 Political Economy of European Integration

231 Environmental Economics
313 Games and Strategy in Economics
317 Industrial Organization

322 Welfare Economics and Paradoxes of Cooperation

323 Public Sector Economics
331 Economics of Land, Location and the Environment
335 The Economics of Organization

270 Scene of the Crime: Crime Stories in American Film

372 Contemporary Literary Theory in American Culture

147 Women's Lives, Women's Activism

253 Recent America: The United States Since World War II
254 The Emergence of Modern America, 1885-1920

257 American Intellectual History, 1860 to the Present
263 The American Civil War and Reconstruction

263 Aliens and Citizens
266 Women and Social Movements in the United States

319 Crime and Punishment in Early-Modern Europe
390 Slavery, Antislavery and Emancipation in American History

204 Ethics

203 Congress: Politics and Policy-making

231 European Political Theory: Classical to Early Modern
232 European Political Theory: Hobbes to Marx

214 Abnormal Psychology

218 Social Psychology

410 Seminar: Personality/Social Psychology

247 Feminist Ethical Issues

362 Art on Trial

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