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Fall 2016-2017
* ANT 342 (EM)   No Pass/D/Fail

The Anthropology of Law

Lawrence Rosen

Study of the relation between formal legal institutions and the social and cultural factors influencing their development. Western and non-Western systems compared in terms of their forms of judicial reasoning, fact-finding procedures, and dispute settlement mechanisms. Issues covered include judicial application of moral precepts, the relation of law to social relations, the development of the jury, Japanese conciliation, American family life and the law, and social science and Supreme Court decisions.

Sample reading list:
Reading Packet in Blackboard,
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 100 pages of reading per week. A set of photocopied materials has been prepared for the course. Included are legal cases, excerpts from relevant articles and books, and examples of some statutes.

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Mid term Exam - 30%
Take Home Final Exam - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other information:
Willingness to participate in classroom discussion is important. No background in either anthropology or law is necessary. The course is appropriate for students from freshmen to seniors. Grading is according to each individual's progress, as measured by the comprehension of issues and effort made to improve the understanding of them.

Reserved Seats:
Open to ANT Concentrators Only 1
Freshmen Only 1

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22829 C01 8:30 am - 9:50 am T Th   Aaron Burr Hall   219   Enrolled:52 Limit:60