Current Courses

Fall 2015

GS SLST 6000 Law and Social Theory

Instructor: Miriam Smith

Course Description:  This course offers an overview of the major contemporary theoretical perspectives on law and society. Among the different approaches we consider are those that define law as a source of social and moral regulation, as ideology, and as discourse.

GS SLST 6005 Advanced Research Strategies in Socio–Legal Methods

Instructor: Kimberley White

Course Description:
This course surveys the various ways in which data are conceptualized, collected and analyzed in research in socio–legal studies. It aims to ensure that all students on the degree program have mastered social science methodology including historical and documentary research methods, survey methods and questionnaire design, interview techniques, observational methods, and the interpretation of official statistics. A distinctive feature of this course will be the emphasis on the dynamic relationships between problems, theories, methods, and politics.

GS SLST 6085 Law, Politics and the Judiciary

Instructor: Jacqueline Krikorian

Course Description: This course critically assesses scholarship in the area of law and politics. Its focus is on the role of courts as both an institution of governance and as an instrument of societal change. It compares and contrasts varying explanations of judicial behaviour by addressing a range of issues clustered around the nature, scope and impact of decision-making by courts. (Same as GS/SOCI 6886 3.0)

GS SLST 6090 Social Dimensions of Legal Discourse

Instructor: Les Jacobs

Course Description:  This course looks at how social categories that arrange persons in moral hierarchies are constructed in the legal forum. We will draw upon trials, judgements, and other documents to show how law incorporates other discourses (popular, psychiatric, and medical) in deciding upon culpability, voluntariness, and character–concepts that are central to the forming of legal narratives. The focus of our inquiry is on how events from everyday life and translated into the legal forum and how the legal forum in turn privileges some social representations and marginalizes others.

Winter 2016

GS SLST 5900 Directed Reading

Instructor: N/A

GS SLST 6040 Law, Crime and Exclusion

Instructor: Amanda Glasbeek

Course Description: This course critically examines current perspectives on law, crime and exclusion in terms of conceptual innovations, empirical research and theoretical debates within criminology, socio–legal studies and related fields.

GS SLST 6055 Gender and International Human Rights: Law, Citizenship and Boarders

Instructor: Annie Bunting

Course Description: This course introduces students to the structure and the main mechanisms of international human rights law and its impact on women and gender relations. The focus of the course is on the United Nations, its agencies, and its system of international Conventions and Declarations designed to increase gender equality. (Same as GS/GFWS 6133 3.0, GS/POLS 6705 3.0.)

GS SLST 6100 MRP Seminar (Required)

Instructor: Soren Frederiksen

Course Description: This will consist of a series of meetings in the second term in which students will be provided with advice on how to write their major research papers, and required to briefly present their MRP proposals to their fellow students as well as faculty. Beyond experience in presenting their work, the seminar is seen as an important mechanism for ensuring that students are kept on track and have clear expectations for the MRP.

GS SLST 7100 PhD Seminar

Instructor: To be announced. Offered in Winter 2017-2018

Spring 2016

GS SLST 6020 Legal Pluralism

Instructor: Amelie Barras

Course Description: This course examines the socio–legal tradition of legal pluralism — or the study of normative orders that impact on social behavior. State law is one such normative order that interacts with and competes with other non–state orders. And state law can have its own pluralism as well, with customary, religious, common, and civil laws applying in one jurisdiction. This course will introduce students to the rich literature in North America and Europe as well as the debates within legal pluralism.


Course Descriptions

A listing of course descriptions for all courses in the program can be accessed at Course Descriptions.