Current Courses

Fall 2018

GS SLST 6000 Law and Social Theory (Required)

Instructor: Nergis Canefe

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 (Required)

Instructor: Dagmar Soennecken

Course Description: Critical examination of security and regulation in contemporary and/or historical settings. Critical theoretical work on risk, dis/order, community and security assessed alongside practices and sociolegal policies that may include national security, economic regulation, private versus public policing.

GS SLST 6065 Colonialism, Race and the Law: Sociological Implications

Instructor: Carmela Murdocca

Course Description: The objective of this course is to provide students with theoretical and methodological tools to critically examine and explore the relationship between race and processes of racialization and contemporary legal order.

Winter 2019

GS SLST 5900 Directed Reading

Instructor: N/A

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.

GS SLST 6035 Law and Governance

Instructor: To be announced

Course Description: This course examines various perspectives on law as a form of governance in contemporary societies. In critiquing formalistic and state–centered conceptions of law, emphasis will be placed on the diversity of legal forms, intersections with non–legal knowledge, and private forms of legal ordering.

GS SLST 6070 The Political Economy of Work and Welfare

Instructor: Leah Vosko

Course Description: This course explores the political economy of work and welfare in industrialized countries through three strains of literature: the welfare state literature; writings in feminist political economy; and, scholarship in socio–legal studies concerned with the changing nature of employment. It examines how states, markets, "families," and social movements influence the development, consolidation, and restructuring (or retrenchment) of work and welfare regimes, with emphasis on the social relations of gender, race, and citizenship.

GS SLST 6100 MRP Seminar (Required)

Instructor: David Szablowski

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.

Fall 2019

GS SLST 6005 Advanced Research Strategies in Socio-Legal Methods (Required)

Instructor: Dagmar Soennecken

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 6100 Major Research Paper Seminar (Required)

Instructor: Jacqueline Krikorian

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 6012 Criminological Theory & Global Illegalities

Instructor: Claudio Colaguori

Course Description: This course examines contemporary trends in criminological theory with attention paid to power relations, victimization and violation. The course maps growing areas in criminological theory such as cultural criminology, left theories, theories of the underground economy, moral regulation, green criminology, human rights criminology, violence studies and the normalization of corruption and illegalities in a global context.

GS SLST 6055 Gender and International Human Rights: Law, Citizenships and Borders

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.

GS SLST 6070 The Political Economy of Work and Welfare

Instructor: Leah Vosko

Course Description: This course explores the political economy of work and welfare in industrialized countries through three strains of literature: the welfare state literature; writings in feminist political economy; and, scholarship in socio–legal studies concerned with the changing nature of employment. It examines how states, markets, "families," and social movements influence the development, consolidation, and restructuring (or retrenchment) of work and welfare regimes, with emphasis on the social relations of gender, race, and citizenship.

Winter 2020

GS SLST 5900 Directed Reading

Instructor: N/A

Course Description: Students may take ONE half-course reading course as part of their Master of Arts' studies with the permission of the graduate program director and the Instructor. See link to request form: SLST Directed Reading Form

GS SLST 6000 Law and Social Theory (Required)

Instructor: Laura Kwak

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 7100 PhD Dissertation Proposal Seminar (Required)

Instructor: Rosemary Coombe

Course Description: The objective of this course is to facilitate the completion of the Dissertation Proposal through discussion and feedback with peers and faculty advisors. In addition, the seminar provides an opportunity to discuss the academic process and professional expectations. This course is offered every other year and therefore students will take it either in their first or second year.

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.

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.

Course Descriptions

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