Socio-Legal Studies

Description
The concentration in socio-legal studies offers a model for educating and training students in the study of legal ideas, institutions and practices from the perspectives of the social sciences, law, and the humanities. The distinction between law "on the books" and law "in action," which refers to how people experience law in their everyday lives, is a cornerstone of the concentration. Course work provides students with multiple and intersecting theoretical and methodological approaches that reveal law as a socially embedded system of loosely connected institutions, practices, presumptions and rules. Students participating in the concentration will learn how to apply these socio-legal tools of analysis to their study of law in action.

The concentration consists of four components to ensure students develop a broad understanding of socio-legal studies. Foundational courses in socio-legal theories (three credits) and in legal institutions (three credits) will be required. Students will then have the option of selecting three electives (nine credits) from a set of approved courses, providing flexibility so that they may pursue an individualized course of study. Additional courses beyond those listed on this proposal may be added with approval of the certificate director. Finally, a three credit experiential learning component will be required, for a total of 18 credit hours, of which a minimum of 12 hours must be upper division. This may be an internship within the U.S. or abroad, or a research experience under the guidance of a member of the socio-legal studies certificate faculty.

Requirements

  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • Students are required to consult an advisor in School of Social Transformation for Interdisciplinary Component courses and internship options.

Core Theory and Foundations Courses 6 hours
Select courses from the following:

JUS 303 Justice Theory (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 24 hours)

JUS 308 Courts and Society (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 24 hours)

JUS 360/CRJ 350 Law and Social Control, SB (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 24 hours)

JUS 410 Punishment: Logic and Approach (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 36 hours)

JUS 463/CRJ 470 Discretionary Justice, SB (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 36 hours)

JUS 465 Death Penalty in the United States, L (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 36 hours)

PHI 307 Philosophy of Law, HU (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 45 hours)

PHI 336 Social and Political Philosophy, HU (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 25 hours)

PHI 408 Feminist Ethics, HU (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 45 earned hours. Credit is allowed for only IAS 408 or PHI 408)

POS 315 The Supreme Court, SB (3)

POS 465 International Organization and Law, SB, G (3)

POS 471 Constitutional Law I, SB (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 45 hours)

POS 472 Constitutional Law II, SB (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 45 hours)

Interdisciplinary Component 12 hours
Interdisciplinary electives must be taken from at least two different academic disciplines. Any course listed below may count towards this requirement. Other courses can be approved by the certificate program director. Select in consultation with an advisor in the School of Social Transformation. 

AFR 215 Bob Marley and Reggae: Lyrics of Resistance, HU, G (3) (Credit is allowed for only AFR 215 or AFR 394 (Bob Marley: Reggae and Resistance) or JUS 215)

AFR 301/JUS 300 Race and Racism in Africa/African Diaspora, SB, G (3) (Prerequisite(s): AFR 200 (or AFS 200) or minimum 45 hours; Credit is allowed for only AFR 301 (or AFS 301) or JUS 300)

AFR 304/JUS 304 Islands of Globalization: Carribbean Politics and Political Economy, SB, G, H (3) (Prerequisite(s): AFR 200 (or AFS 200) or minimum 45 hours; Credit is allowed for only AFR 304 (or AFS 304) or JUS 304)

AFR 420/JUS 421 Race, Ethnicity and Politics in African Diaspora, SB, G (3) (Prerequisite(s): AFR 200 (or AFS 200) and minimum junior standing OR minimum 9 upper-division hours in any classes with the following prefix: AFH, AFS, AFR, APA, JUS, POS, SGS, SOC, WST; Credit is allowed for only AFR 420 or JUS 421)

AFR/APA/JUS/SST 428 Critical Race Theory (3)

CRJ 305 Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice, C (3) (Prerequisite(s): CRJ 100 with C or better; CRJ 201 with C or better; junior or senior standing)

CRJ 306 Race, Ethnicity, Crime and Criminal Justice, C (3) (Prerequisite(s): CRJ 100 with C or better; CRJ 201 with C or better; junior or senior standing)

JUS 329 Domestic Violence, SB (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 24 hours)

JUS 350 Immigration and Justice, SB, G (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 24 hours)

JUS 374 The Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 24 hours)

JUS 422/WST 422 Women, Law, and Social Control (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 36 hours; Credit is allowed for only JUS 422 or WST 422)

JUS 425 Race, Gender, and Justice ((L or SB) & C) (3)

JUS 430 Social Protest, Conflict, and Change ((L or SB) & C) (3)

JUS 432 Racial Justice, L (3) (Prerequisite(s):  minimum 36 hours; Credit is allowed for only JUS 432 or SOC 432)

JUS 467 Terrorism, War and Justice, SB (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 36 hours)

JUS 469 Political Deviance and the Law, L or SB, C (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 36 hours)

JUS 470 Alternative Dispute Resolution (L & C) (3)

JUS 484 Internship (3)

JUS 498 Pro-Seminar (3)

POS 370 Law and Society, SB (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 25 hours)

PSY 468 Psychology and Law (3) (Prerequisite(s): CRJ 302; Law and Human Behavior certificate student OR PSY 290 with C or better)

POS 470 Law and the Political Order, SB (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 45 hours; Credit is allowed for only POS 470 or CMN 598 (Law and the Political Order) or JHR 598 (Law and the Political Order) or MAS 598 (Law and the Political Order))

SOC 340 The Sociology of Deviance, SB (3) (Pre-requisite: SOC 101 or 301)

SOC 445 Globalization, Development and Resistance, SB, G (3)

TCL 335/HST 323/AFR 335 Historical Studies in Race, Crime, and the Law (3) (Prerequisite(s): Credit is allowed for only AFR 335 or HST 323 or TCL 335)

TCL 340 Chicana/o and Latina/o Politics and Policy, L, C (3)

IDS Core Course Information

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 9 credit-hour core and 9 credit hours of context/application courses.

Required Courses (9 credit hours):

  • IDS 201 Intellectual Fusion (recommended for freshman/sophomore students)
    • Prerequisites: None

OR

  • IDS 301 Becoming Interdisciplinary (3) (recommended for transfer students and/or students declaring IDS in their junior or senior year)
    • Prerequisites: Interdisciplinary Studies major

  • IDS 302 Integration Skills (3)
    • Prerequisite(s): Interdisciplinary Studies major; IDS 201 or 301 with C or better
  • IDS 401 Integration: Experiential Learning (3) (requires application)
    • Prerequisites: IDS 201 or 301 with C or better; IDS 302 with C or better; minimum 2.00 GPA; minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

Context courses (6 credit hours)

Choose two Integrative Context courses from the following (3 credit hours each):

  • IDS 310: Integration: Cultural Contexts, C
  • IDS 311: Integration: Global Contexts, G, SB
  • IDS 312: Integrative Perspectives on Change
  • IDS 313: Integrative Perspectives on a Changing World
  • IDS 314: Integrative Perspectives on Cultural Dynamics, SB
  • IDS 315: Integration: Social Contexts, SB
  • IDS 316: Integration: Humanities Contexts, HU

Application courses (3 credit hours)

Choose any IDS Application course from the following (3 credit hours each):

  • IDS 140: The Nature of Knowledge Systems
  • IDS 302: Integration Skills
  • IDS 310: Integration: Cultural Contexts, C
  • IDS 311: Integration: Global Contexts, G, SB
  • IDS 312: Integrative Perspectives on Change
  • IDS 313: Integrative Perspectives on a Changing World
  • IDS 314: Integrative Perspectives on Cultural Dynamics, SB
  • IDS 315: Integration: Social Contexts, SB
  • IDS 316: Integration: Humanities Contexts, HU
  • IDS 484: Elective Internship

Transfer to ASU transfer.asu.edu

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students transfer.asu.edu/maricopa

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult transfer.asu.edu/maricopa for verification.

Year

Year

2020-21

Campus

Campus

Tempe

Advising

Advising

Interdisciplinary Studies Advising
cisa.asu.edu/advising
All appointments:
480-965-4464

Downtown Phoenix
Arizona Center, Suite 380

Polytechnic
Santa Catalina Hall

Tempe
Urban Systems Engineering

Online
480-965-4464

 

DARs Code

DARs Code

LASLSEMPH

College/School

College/School

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Concentration Contact

Concentration Contact

COVID-19 information

FAQ page  | Latest updates.