Department of Sociology and Anthropology

SOC 301.01 LAW AND SOCIETY

Prerequisite: Intro to Sociology

Instructor: Dr. Zoran Milovanovich

Phone: (484) 365-8000, x3548

Office Location: DH 362

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course examines the social, political and economic processes that affect the creation and implementation of law. It focuses on history and fundamental principles of American legal system and compares it to other legal systems existing in a today's world. In assessing how judicial opinions and legislative efforts affect social relations and institutional arrangements, inquiry is centered on: the ways in which social problems become defined as legal issues, the forces which shape the initiation and ultimate formulation of legislative acts designed to affect public policy, the role which cultural values and assumptions play in framing legal arguments and influencing judicial opinions and remedial programs, and the strengths and limitations of the law as a means of achieving special social policy objectives.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

         Understand the nature, purpose and limitations of law and the legal system.

         Understand the structure and operations of the legal system.

         Identify and explain the role of principal institutions and key actors responsible for the functioning of the legal system.

         Understand the importance of law and the impact of the legal system on everyday life.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

         Textbook assignments

         Oral presentation

         Classroom attendance and participation;

         Tests: four tests, including midterm and final exam.

METHOD OF EVALUATION

Grade Distribution

Quizzes

25%

Midterm Exam

25%

Final Exam

40%

Class Participation

10%

Oral Presentation

Evaluation of the oral presentation is based on the following criteria: selection of subject (relevant to assignment, interesting, appropriate level); content and organization (necessary components: introduction, development, supporting material, conclusion); language (clarity, vividness, grammar correct, oral style); delivery (body control, voice); attitude toward an audience (urge to communicate); the degree to which the class was involved; and overall effectiveness.

Percentage to Letter-Grade Conversions

A

95-99%

A-

91-94%

B+

86-90%

B

81-85%

B-

76-80%

C+

71-75%

C

66-70%

C-

61-65%

D+

56-60%

D

51-55%

F

0-50%

Tests

Students are expected to take all tests at the regularly scheduled time. If a student cannot do so, he/she should inform the professor before the test. If the reason for being absent is valid, the student will be given the opportunity to take a make-up test. Because of the difficulty of developing a second test, make-up test will consist entirely of essay questions. Students who miss test without informing the professor beforehand will not be permitted to make up the test unless they can provide proof of having had to leave the campus unexpectedly for a hospital stay or serious family emergency.

Attendance

Students in this class will be expected to adhere to the University regulations on absence from class. Students are advised to keep in mind that four absences may result in an automatic failure in the course, and that two tardy arrivals will be counted as one absence.

Academic Ethics:

Students are reminded that they must adhere to the standards of academic ethics of the University. These include standards of honesty for such activities as submitting assignments and essays, taking tests and examinations and doing project assignments. To view the full text of the University Approved Integrity Statement, click here.

REQUIRED TEXT

Eric Richards, PERSONAL LAW, Thomson Learning, 1999

COURSE OUTLINE

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE LAW

A HISTORY OF LAW

THE ORGANIZATION OF LAW

THE PROFESSION AND PRACTICE OF LAW

INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS

CRIMINAL WRONGS

CIVIL WRONGS

MAKING CONTRACTS

BORROWING MONEY

PAYING BY CHECK

GETTING A JOB

AGENCY RELATIONSHIP

STARTING A BUSINESS

INTRODUCTION TO PROPERTY

BUYING A HOME

RENTING AN APARTMENT

MARRIAGE AND COHABITATION

PARENTHOOD

DIVORCE AND FAMILY

BUYING INSURANCE

DRIVING A CAR

WEB RESOURCES BY CHAPTER

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE LAW

Major Legal Traditions (Civil Law, Common Law, Islamic Law

Different Modes of Legal Reasoning

Foreign and International Law

International Legal Resources

Key Resources on the Internet for International Law Research

International Law Center

World Constitutions

A HISTORY OF LAW

The Timetable of World Legal History

Legal History Links

Internet Ancient History Sourcebook

Documents for American Legal History

THE ORGANIZATION OF LAW

Federal Judiciary

Federal Courts

Law and Court Related Web Sites

State Courts On-line

U.S. Congress

U.S. Government: Legislative Information

Internet Sites of the State Legislatures

State Governments, Laws and Cases

FindLaw

American Law Sources On-line

Decisions of the Supreme Court

The Electric Law Library

The Law and You

The Law Center Library

Virtual Law Library

U.S. Government Agencies

Yahoo Directory of the Federal Government

U.S. Department of Justice

Yahoo Directory of State Governments

THE PROFESSION AND PRACTICE OF LAW

Legal Profession

Profession of Law Home Page

Law Schools: USA A-Z

American Bar Association

Factors to Consider in Hiring a Lawyer

Yahoo Guide to Hiring a Lawyer

FindLaw: Hiring a Lawyer

Hiring a Lawyer

West Legal Directory of Lawyers

Lawyer Locator

INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS

Sources of Human Rights in the United States

Freedom of Religion

Freedom Speech and Freedom of Press

Freedom of Assembly

Right to Equal Protection of the Laws

Right to Due Process of Law

Right to Vote

Right to Keep and Bear Arms

CRIMINAL WRONGS

Bureau of Justice Statistics

Crime and Justice in America

Criminal Law and Procedure

Crimes

The Electric Law Library

1994 Crime Bill

State Criminal Codes

Uniform Crime Reports

U.S. Death Penalty Law

CIVIL WRONGS - TORTS

Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

FindLaw Tort Law

Food and Drug Administration

Georgetown University Legal Explorer Torts

Guide to Tort Law

HURT911 The Center for Injury Assistance

ICLE Personal InjuryNegligence Law Resources

Injury Control Resource Information Network

Insurance Information (Cornell Law)

Medical Malpractice and Professional Liability Page

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

National Institute of Standards and Technology

National Institute of Health

National Science Foundation

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Personal Injury Law Forum

Personal Injury (Cornell Law)

Products Liability

Tort Links

Tort Materials

U.S. Public Health Service

What to do when you're in an accident

WorkersCompensation (Cornell Law)

CONTRACTS

Law about Contracts

Law of Contracts: An Overview

Uniform Commercial Code

FINACIAL TRANSACTIONS (BORROWING MONEY, PAYING BY CHECK)

Debtor and Creditor Law Materals (LII)

Choosing & Using Credit Cards

Consumer Credit (LII)

Consumer Handbook to Credit Protection Laws

Consumer Information Center

Consumer Law Page - Introduction

Consumer World

Fair Debt Collection

Getting Out of Debt

Managing Your Debts: How to Regain Financial HealthMortgages (LII)

The Card You Pick Can Save You Money

Shopping With Your ATM Card

State Statutes Dealing with Financial Institutions

U.S. Department of the Treasury

What Savvy Consumers Need to Know About Debit Cards

GETTING A JOB

BenefitsLink

CareerPath

CollectiveBargaining

Department of Labor

Department of the Interior Automated Vacancy Announcement System

Employment Discrimination

Employment Law

Employment Resources

LaborWEB

LaborNet@IGC Home Page

Model Employee Handbook Outline

Pensions

Publications and Files about Unions

Unemployment Compensation

Workers Compensation

Workplace Safety

YOUR BUSINESS(AGENCY RELATIONSHIPS, STARTING A BUSINESS)

ABA Forum on Franchising

Center for Corporate Law (Univ. of Cincinnati)

FinanceNet

Fortune Magazine: The Fortune 500

LawTalk - Business Law and Personal Finance

Limited Liability Companies' Web Site

Thomas Register Of American Manufacturers

Uniform Laws Dealing with Business and Finance

Web 100, The: Links to the 100 Largest Companies on the Web

Yahoo - Business and Economy

INTRODUCTION TO PROPERTY

Property Law Links

State Property Law Statutes

Making a Will

Property, Trusts and Estates

Wills and Trusts: Forms

BUYING A HOME

Buying Your Home: Settlement Costs and Helpful Information

Consumer Handbook On Adjustable Rate Mortgages

Consumer's Guide to Mortgage Lock-Ins

Consumer's Guide to Mortgage Refinancings

Home Buyer's Vocabulary

How to Buy a Home With a Low Down Payment

How to Buy a Manufactured (Mobile) Home

HUD Home Buying Guide

Looking for the Best Mortgage - Shop, Compare, Negotiate

Selling A Home

RENTING AN APARTMENT

Internet Law Library: Landlord/Tenant Law

Landlord, Tenant, Rental Housing Law

Law Journal Extra! Landlord Tenant Law Material

State Property Law Statutes

TenantNet States Statutes on Landlord and Tenant

TenantNet

42 U.S.C. 1982 - Civil Rights Act of 1866

42 U.S.C., Chapter 45 - Federal Fair Housing Act

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS (MARRIAGE, PARENTHOOD, DIVORCE)

Adoption Network Home Page
California Divorce Guide
Center for Marriage, Family and Couples Education
Child Abuse Prevention Network
Child Custody in the USA
Child Support Home Page
Child Welfare Resource Centre
Coalition for Children Court TV Family Law Center

DivorceInfo
Divorce Magazine
Divorcenet
Divorce Online
Divorce Source

Family Law Advisor Site Map

FindLaw
Index to "Divorce Litigation"
Kid's Turn

Legalethics.com
Legal Information Institute: Divorce Law Materials
The Litigation Site
National Adoption Organizations
National Center for Missing and Exploiting Children
National Divorce and Bankruptcy Center

INSURANCE

American Bar Association's Tort and Insurance Practice

Complete Glossary of Insurance Coverage Explanations

Insurance Information Institute

National Association of Insurance Commissioners

National Association of Independent Insurers

Yahoo!-InsWeb: General Insurance Glossary

DRIVING A CAR

Buying a New Car

Buying a Used Car

How to Find Your Way Under the Hood & Around the Car

How to Get a Great Deal on a New Car

Keys to Vehicle Leasing

Nine Ways to Lower Your Auto Insurance

Return to The home page of the Criminal Justice Program

Go to Requirements for Criminal Justice Majors

Go to Suggested Course Sequence for Criminal Justice Majors

Go to Requirements for a Criminal Justice Minor

Email: milovanovich@lu.lincoln.edu