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Department
Social Science
Course
SOSC 1375
Professor
Olena Kobzar
Semester
Winter

Description
AP/SOSC 1375 3.0 Introduction to Socio – Legal Studies Law and Society Program Department of Social Science Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies Course Director: Professor Kobzar Tuesday 4:30 - 6:30 Steadman Lecture Hall D C OURSE DIRECTOR INFORMATION : Professor Kobzar [email protected] 416.736.2100 ext. 77813 Office: S734 Ross Building Office Hours: Tuesday: 3 – 4 pm; Wednesday: 1:15 – 2:15 pm Teaching Assistants: Jason Huang: [email protected] Yael Machtinger: [email protected] Alice Romo: [email protected] Nadir Virjee: [email protected] Harini Sivalingam: [email protected] C OURSE DESCRIPTION : This introductory course willprovide an overview of several major themes in the interdisciplinary field of socio-legal studies, including law and social justice, social science and legal knowledge, law and social change, and law, culture and diversity. Within these broad themes, substantive topics will differ from year to year in order to reflect both the breadth and diversity of research areas in the field. Students willbe introduced to different interdisciplinary approaches to the study of law and society, to basic concepts relating to the functions of law in society, and to different forms of normative order. While this course is required for all students in the Law and Society Program, its overarching objective willbe to promote the interdisciplinary study of law in/as culture and willbe of interest to a range of undergraduate students, whatever their career plans may be. Course Website: Please register on Moodle at http://moodle.yorku.ca (click on Moodle for 2012-13 and log on with your Passport York username and password). If you have difficulty accessing the course or using Moodle, please contact [email protected] Outside of the lecture/tutorials, this is the primary form of contact for this class. You should check the course website regularly for announcements, details on assignments or to access course materials. You will also find valuable links to library, research and writing resources through this site. 2 REQUIRED READING MATERIALS: Allthe required readings are posted on Moodle. Please be sure to complete each set of readings before attending the lecture and/or tutorial for each particular week. COURSE EVALUATION: 1. Mid-term test (25%) 2. Article Assignment (5 pages) (25%) 3. Final Exam (30%) 4. Tutorial Participation (20%) Course Format: The basic format of this course is a weekly two 2-hour lecture plus a weekly 1-hour tutorial (3 hrs/week in total). I do not lecture directly from the readings and your TAs willnot summarize the readings for you. Simplyput, if you do not attend lectures and tutorials you are unlikelyto do well in this course. If you must miss a lecture or tutorial, it is your responsibility to get notes from a fellow student, not your TA, and not from the Professor. I willpost outlines for each lecture on Moodle, which you can use to organize your notes. Description of Course Assignments and Participation 1.Mid-term test (25%) The mid-term test willbe held in class on Feb. 12 and willbe scheduled for one hour. The format willbe a combination of short answer and essay questions and willfocus on information from the first five lectures and sets of readings. The week before the mid-term you willbe provided with a list of study questions to help you prepare. The test questions willnot be exactly the same as the study questions, but willbe of a similar type. No big surprises! 2. Article Assignment (25%) Your assignment is due in class on March 12. For this assignment you willfind and select an appropriate scholarly article published within the last 5 years from a provided list of socio-legal journals. The article you select must be at least 15 pages in length and must be attached to the back of your assignment when you hand it in. If the article is not attached, the assignment willbe considered incomplete/late. Your article selection should be approved by your TA no later than Feb. 12. Articles not approved prior to submission will simply not be accepted for grading. For your Article Assignment you must clearly provide/answer the following: 1. Clearly identifythe author’s argument. 2. What evidence does the author use to support her/his argument? 3. Which socio-legal method does the author use? Where/how do you see it at work? 4. What does the author’s research reveal (directly and/or indirectly) about the relationship between law and society? The format is proper essay-style, 5 pages (+/- 0.5), Times New Roman, 12 pt font, 1-inch margins all around, double-spaced with page numbers. Your name, student number, tutorial number and TA’s name must appear on the front of the assignment. Your name should also appear in the top right corner of each page. 3. Final Exam (30%) 3 The final exam willbe scheduled for 2 hours during the exam period. It willbe closed-book and made up of short answer and essay style questions based on all the material covered during the course (lectures, tutorials, readings, guests etc). At the end of the term you willbe provided with a list of study questions to help you prepare. The exam questions willnot be exactly the same as the study questions, but willbe of a similar type. It is your responsibility to be available to write the final exam for this course during the final exam period April 10 to April 26 . th 4. Tutorial Participation (20%) Your participation in the tutorial is essential to do well in this course. You willbe evaluated in part on your attendance, as well as your active engagement in tutorial discussions. I know that not everyone is comfortable speaking up in class, but do your best to contribute in some way. Ask a question, state your opinion, agree or disagree with what is being said. It willmake a difference to your own experience in class as well as to the experience of others in the class. Your tutorial is a place for focused discussion on course lectures and readings. The University is an environment of higher education where diversity and cultural safety is to be respected, and differing views should be valued and heard. Disruptive or intentionallyoffensive words and actions in the classroom are a violation of the Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities http://www.yorku.ca/oscr/studentconduct.html Lecture, Tutorial & Reading Schedule Jan. 8 Class 1: Introduction: What is Law? What is Socio-legal Studies? Tebbit, Mark. Philosophy of Law: An Introduction. Chapter 1. pp. 3- 14 Vago, Steven and Nelson, Adie (eds.). Chapter 3, “The Organization of Law” in Law and Society, 2010, pp. 59 - 88 Jan. 15 Class 2: Law & Everyday Life: Legal Consciousness & Law as Narrative Ewick and Silbey (eds.). The Common Place of Law. Ch. 2 & 3. pp. 15 - 53 Brooks, Peter. “Narrative Transactions – Does the Law Need a Narratology?” Yale Journal of Law & Humanities 18 (2006), No. 1, pp. 1 - 38 Jan. 22 Class 3: Looking Back at Law: Socio-Legal History Strange, Carolyn. “Wounded Womenhood and Dead Men” in Gender Conflicts: New Essays in Women's History, pp. 149 - 188 Chenier, Elise. “The CriminalSexual Psychopath in Canada: Sex, Psychiatry and the Law at Mid-Century.” Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, Vol. 20, pp.75 – 101 Jan. 29 Class 4: Indigenous Perspectives & Legal Pluralism The Aboriginal Justice Implementation Commission. The Justice System and Aboriginal People. Chapter 2 Douglas, Heather. “Customary Law, Sentencing and the Limits of the State”. Canadian Journal of Law and Society, Vol. 20, no. 1 pp. 141 – 156 Feb. 5 Class 5: Law and Moral Ambiguity: What is a murder? * Download Midterm Practice Questions from Moodle 4 Blum, Gabriella and Heymann, Philip. “The Law and Policy of Targeted Killing” in Harvard National Security Journal. Vol. 1, June 2010, pp. 145 – 170 In-Class Preparation for the Midterm Feb. 12 Class 6: In-Class Midterm Test (25%) * Deadline for approval of your article selection. Feb. 19 Reading Week Feb. 26 Class 7: Legal Geography: Policing Poverty though the Regulation of Public Space Blomley, N. “CivilRights Meet CivilEngineering: Urban Public Space and Traffic Logic”. Canadian Journal of Law and Society, Vol. 22, 2007, pp. 55 – 72 Mosher, J. “The Shrinking of the Public and Private Spaces of the Poor.” In Hermer, J and Mosher, J. (eds.) Disorderly People: Law and the Politics of Exclusion in Ontario, 2002. pp 41- 53 March 5 Class 8: Governing Trouble and the Making of a Good Citizen Stratford, Elaine. “On the edge: a Tale of Skaters and Urban Governance.” Social and Cultural Geography, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2002, pp. 193 - 206 Noble, C. “City Space.” *Midterm Grades Posted March 12 Class 9: The “Reasonable Person”: A Legal Construction Moran, Mayo. “Rethinking the Reasonable Person” R. v. Butler *Article Assignment Due in Class March 19 Class 10: When Rights Conflict. Petter, Andrew and Hutchinson G. Alan. “Rights in Conflict: The Dilemma of Charter Legitimacy”. 1989. U.B.C. Law Review, Vol. 23, pp. 531-548 Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms March 26 Class 11: Visibility and Privacy: Semple, Jeff. “Police befriend Facebook, Twitter users” Timmons, Heather. “Using Facebook to Catch Scofflaw Drivers In India,” * Download Final Exam practice questions from Moodle. April 2 Class 12: In-class preparation for the Final Exam. *Hand back Article Assignment COURSE POLICIES/GUIDELINES: 1. Laptops & Other Electronic Toys 5 You are expected to use technology respectfullyin class and to consider the impact of your actions on your fellow students and on myability to deliver the lecture. If I find that your use of technology is interfering with the learning environment, I may speak to you and ask you to curtail the use your cell or laptop in class 2. Lecture/Tutorial Etiquette Please arrive on time for lectures/tutorials and remain seated until the class is over. You will always be given enough time to get to your next class. It is very disruptive to me, TAs, our guest lecturers, and other students to have doors opening and closing. If you must leave early – please be sure to sit where you can make a quiet exit. Likewise, if you arrive late, please do so quietly. Chatting with your friends, texting, and sleeping during class is especiallyrude. If you are not interested in coming to class, or are too tired to sit through a class, please do not come. Incidents of disrespectful behaviour (toward anyone) during class willnot be tolerated – you willsimplybe asked to leave. 3. Religious Accommodation Guidelines Final Examinations Students
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