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214.2 sec. 1 - Law and Modern Social Thought (Spring 2012)

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

Course Start: January 10, 2012
Course Control Number (1Ls): 49549 (section 2)
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49547


“Law and Modern Social Thought” surveys leading attempts to construct social theories of law and to use legal materials for the construction of systematic social theory. The seminar focuses on an influential canon of writing from the mid-eighteenth century to the early twentieth century. 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 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 modern rights theory.

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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  • Ancient Law
    Maine, Henry Sumner
    Edition: 2010
    Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
    ISBN: 9781162653075
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $18.36
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  • Division of Labor in Society
    Durkheim, Emile
    Edition: 1984
    Publisher: The Free Press: Macmillan
    ISBN: 9780684836386
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 18.95
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  • On Charisma and Institution Building
    Weber, Max
    Edition: 1968
    Publisher: Chicago Univ. Press
    ISBN: 9780226877242
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 37.50
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  • Selected Writings, ed. Lawrence H. Simon
    Marx, Karl
    Edition: 1994
    Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company
    ISBN: 9780872202184
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 16.95
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  • Capitalism and Modern Social Theory
    Giddens, Anthony
    Edition: 1971
    Publisher: Cambridge Univ. Press
    ISBN: 9780521097857
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 30.99
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