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This subject aim at helping students to acquire a complete and critical knowledge of the main concepts, principles and postulates of Legal Sociology. Students are expected to ask themselves about the legality of Law in society: Law, what is its’ purpose? Law, for whom? It therefore proposes a critical reflection on the role of Law in societies, especially the new millennium’s societies. To do this, we should call into question some statements that dogmatism has given for certain while reality, most of the times, for uncertain: the neutrality of legal operators, the omniscience of Law, the univocity of norms and many others. These approaches to legal issues appear to be those of the nineteenth century rather than those of the complex twenty-first century.
To achieve our purpose, students should become familiar with classical and contemporary theories about the relationship between Law and society, analyzing the influence of one another. In addition, they will be given the opportunity to know the results of specific empirical research on these issues. Teaching will be oriented to promote an analytical attitude in students, an attitude that allows them to judge on their own the theories and points of view related to Law and its’ social function.
General Competences (CG)
General Competences acquired at University of Alicante (CGUA)
Specific Competences (CE)
• To identify the different theoretical conceptions of Sociology of Law among the classical authors
• To understand Law as a social fact.
• To analyze the influence of social factors on the production of contemporary law.
• To understand social processes in the formation of Law and in the application of the Law.
• To take up a stance when facing conflicts of interest that affect the Law.
COMPETENCES TO BE DEVELOPED:
• Working with variables when analyzing social reality of Law: organizing, searching, verifying, researching, systematizing, identifying and isolating those variables.
• Performance of written assignments: Monographs, essays, and slides in multimedia presentation.
• Developing the habit of reading sociological and legal texts.
• Teamwork and intragroup cooperation.
• Acquirement of an analytical attitude towards the social influences of the Law.