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2018 - 2019 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog 
2018 - 2019 Saint Joseph’s College Online Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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SO 405 - Law & Society

This course is designed to examine the nature, functions, limitations, and objectives of law using a multi-disciplinary approach. A great deal of time will be spent critically evaluating and discussing the theoretical perspectives of law, the organization of law, the perspectives of lawmaking, how law is utilized in terms of a mechanism of social control, how law is utilized in dispute resolution, and how law is utilized as a social change mechanism. Attention will also be spent on examining the legal profession and its connection with the rise and development of legal systems. Lastly, the course will take a look at how law can be researched to better our understanding of law, society, and social policy.

Prerequisites & Notes
EH 106 or equivalent is required; EH 107 or equivalent is recommended.

Assignment Overview
Assignments: 5 Units
Interactivity: Discussion Boards
Final Assessment: Final Paper

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Discuss the nature, function, and history of criminal law in society.
  • Describe criminal liability and how it is applied within the criminal justice system.
  • Identify the legal aspects of crime types.
  • Examine the key dimensions of criminal procedure and;
  • Discuss the key legal issues facing the criminal justice system today.

Credits: 3

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