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214.2 sec. 1 - Law and Classical Social Theory (Fall 2014)

Instructor: David Lieberman  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 3
Meeting Time: Th 10:00-12:40
Meeting Location: 2240 Piedmont

Course Start: August 28, 2014
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49553


“Law and Classical Social Theory” examines the canonical body of writing which shaped the understandings and investigations of the relationship between law and society in the modern social sciences. The class surveys long-influential attempts to construct social theories of law and to use legal materials for the construction of systematic social theory. Following an initial discussion of 18th-century programs for comprehensive law reform, and the characteristic political and methodological challenges these generated, we turn to the major writings of Maine, Marx, Durkheim and Weber. In considering these works, a large number of foundational themes and controversies are considered. Particular attention is devoted to their rival attempts to characterize what was distinctive about the legal order of “modern” western societies, and to explain the social foundations of liberal theories of legal equality, the rule of law and individual rights. Seminar discussions in “Law and Classical Social Theory” are linked to the lectures in the undergraduate course, Theories of Law and Society (Legal Studies 103), which are webcast on the UC Berkeley site: webcast.berkeley.edu.

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Exam Notes: P
Course Category: Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP)
This course is cross-listed in the following categories:
Law and Society
Legal Theory and History

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Books:
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  • Max Weber on charisma and institution building
    edited and with an introduction by S. N. Eisenstadt
    Publisher: Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1968.
    ISBN: 9780226877242
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $8.13
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  • Selected writings
    Karl Marx; edited, with introduction, by Lawrence H. Simon
    Publisher: Indianapolis : Hackett, c1994.
    ISBN: 9780872202184
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 3.99
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  • The division of labor in society
    by Emile Durkheim; with an introduction by Lewis A. Coser; translated by W. D. Halls
    Publisher: New York : Free Press, 1997.
    ISBN: 9780684836386
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 4.74
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  • Ancient Law
    Henry Sumner Maine,
    Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
    ISBN: 9781162653075
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 14.27
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  • Capitalism and modern social theory
    Anthony Giddens
    Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1971.
    ISBN: 9780521097857
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 0.99
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