California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Soka University Japan - Transcend Art and Peace
Created: July 27, 2003
Latest Update: October 8, 2009
You will be held accountable for the readings and discussion questions listed here. There will be no "testing." That means that you will not have to live in anxious anticipation of what we will ask and how much you will have to know. Instead, we will provide weekly discussion questions, lectures, essays, and concepts we feel that you should know as a result of having taken this course. You will assure us of that learning and receive your grade for the questions and concepts about which you choose to write and talk with us. In addition you will find detailed explanations and examples on our grading policies in the first week's reading.
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Week 7: Week of October 11, 2009
** Midterm meeting finish up on October 14th. If you miss your meeting, it is an "F."
** Midterm Visual Projects due the beginning of class on Monday, October 19th (include your bibliography and self-assessment.
Topic: Law & Popular Will/Interactionism and Other Perspectives
- Bonsignore . Before the Law. Chapter 6 & 7.
- Bellow and Minow. Law Stories. -- .
- Curran and Takata. Sociology of Law Handbook:
-- Chapter 1, part 1
-- Chapter 1, part 2
-- Chapter 2
Lecture related links:
- "Who's Habermas? Why Habermas?"
- W.I. Thomas "Definition of the Situation
- What's Constructivist Learning?
- The Visual Can Provoke Discourse that Matters
- Praxis: Learn by Doing
Concepts to be covered:
- societal reaction
- moral entrepreneur
- Howard Becker
- feminist theory
Note: In order to answer these discussion questions, you must do the assigned readings for the week.
- There is also tension between the medical community and drug law enforcers. Does marijuana have proven therapeutic uses, or is the California referendum just a way to begin to legalize marijuana? ( Bonsignore, p. 173, Q.2).
- There is a battle over sexual preferences taking place in churches, in schools, and in the courts. What should be the place of legal institutions in cultural battles? Before concluding that the courts should stay out of them, remember from our earliest case study that nonintervention is never neutral. (Bonsignore, p. 178, Q.4).
- ... How can legal regulation or company policies be drawn in order to both take into account manifest industrial hazards AND avoid discrimination based on gender or the possibility of pregnancy? (Bonsignore, p. 202, Q.1).
- What transformation in the judicial approach to cases at the intersection of race and gender would be required for Crenshaw's criticism of the cases to be met? (Bonsignore, p. 213, Q.1).
Suggested Visual Projects:
Note: Start thinking about ideas for your creative measures. Must relate to "law and society." Must be approved before starting your creative measure. Cannot be something that you are doing or have done for another course. Research cannot be 100% online (i.e., google, askjeeves). Must conduct library research using scholarly works, (not the popular press -- Time Magazine, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated). You will need to submit a bibliography with each project. No term papers! Allow time to dialogue and present your creative measure in class. Email me your ideas ASAP!
- Explore the issues surrounding today's homeless.
- Examine what is considered "poverty level." Calculate a budget of how to feed a family of four for one month at "poverty level."
- Study an issue from a social class perspective: sports, education, work, leisure, religion, and so forth. What are the social class differences. Why.
Self-Assessment Questions for Visual Projects:
- List the names of the individuals in your group. What did you do exactly for this visual project? (If in a group, explain the division of labor and your individual contribution to this visual project). What small item did you create to "give away" to those visiting your visual project?
- Explain in depth, how your visual project specifically relates to the course (i.e., the readings, the documentaries, class discussions, major concepts). Demonstrate how your visual project relates to "theory, policy, practice". What did you learn?
- Assess how the 6Cs apply to your visual project, with special attention on competence and creativity. What is your visual project self-assessment (provide a letter grade) ___ ? Explain why this particular grade.
--- Jurgen Habermas. Between Facts and Norms.
--- Martha Minow. Making All the Difference: Exclusion, Inclusion and American Law. Check out this link Martha Minow on the Dear Habermas site.
Course Syllabus for CRMJ/SOCA 359 "Law and Society"
Class Drawing - What We Have Learned
Class Drawing -- The Readings