Current Courses

Course Offerings 2020–2021

Fall 2020

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

Instructor: Annie Bunting

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 6013 Socio-Legal Issues Regarding Hate Crime and Hate Speech

Instructor: Allyson Lunny

Course Description: This graduate level seminar course critically examines current perspectives on hate crime and hate speech with a focus on theoretical debates, media representation, including that of social media platforms, and legal knowledge.

Winter 2021

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 6028 Neoliberalism: Governmentality in Theory and Practice

Instructor: Rosemary Coombe
Course Description: What is neoliberalism? This course starts with the proposition that neoliberalism involves a fundamental reconfiguration of social regulation that entails a reengineering of the state and a transnational field of market-oriented ‘regulatory transfer’. We explore contemporary conditions of neoliberal ‘governmentality’, in which non-state actors increasingly engage in activities which govern populations and encourage people to adopt new forms of self-management.

GS SLST 6030 Politics of Security and Regulation

Instructor: Ozgun Topak

Course Description: A 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 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.

Course Descriptions

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