Law And Society

This course will allow students to understand the basic process for law formation and the obvious and hidden influences on the creation of American law; to understand the role of laws in American society, in part as a reflection of needs, in part as a reflection of public/political desires, and in part as tools of the powerful; to understand how the complexities in law and its relationship to society impact on other aspects of the criminal justice system; and to be able to critically assess the formation of law, the interpretation of law, and the application of law in American socity.