Sociology and Sociology of Law

Course Code :1000RECSOC
Study domain:Law
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:60
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Bernard Hubeau
Margot Van Leuvenhaege

3. Course contents *

The course ‘Sociology as a science of the society ( sociologie als een wetenschap van de samenleving) ’ will explain sociological concepts and lines of thought. These newly required insights will then be applied to law. By doing this, questions regarding the mere origination of law (why is it the way it is and why does it change) will start to surface. These questions and the question if and how law influences social structures and behaviour, will be answered. Starting from certain social situations, we investigate what part they play in the origination of law. And also, how law, as a means of social control, effects (certain aspects of) society.



The course is structured in such a way that it will start by examining sociology (including elements of sociology of law) and the investigation of the character of sociology, its subject of research (society), its activities , the different scientific perspectives (paradigms) and its methodology. Then, the course will focus on sociology of law as a subspecialty. First in general (what is sociology of law) and later by using examples (problems and institutions) that are of importance to the discipline of law. The core of the discipline of sociology of law, is the analysis of the social origination of law on one hand and the social functioning of law on the other.