Title: Law & Society (01:790:340:B6)

Instructor: Albert Castle

Instructor’s E-mail: albert.castle@gmail.com

Days, Times, Location: Session I (05/31/2011-07/08/2011); TTh 6:00-9:40pm HCK-131 DC

Office Hours: TBD

Synopsis: In this course we will investigate the relationships between law and social change and in particular the use of litigation by social movements to obtain favorable policy outcomes. We will examine historical examples of the mobilization of rights by interest groups and students will be asked to consider the opportunities and limitations for securing social change through legal avenues. Students will become familiar with scholarship on legal processes, theory, psychology and culture, and be asked to critically analyze, deconstruct and synthesize this literature.