Law and Society OpenCourseWare: A Free Undergraduate Political Science Course by MIT on Law and Society

Published Feb 28, 2009

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MIT now offers a free undergraduate anthropology course titled 'Law and Society.' Throughout the OpenCourseWare, students study how laws affect behavior and social order.

Law and Society: Course Specifics

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Law and Society: Course Description

Professor Susan Silbey's anthropology course focuses on how the laws in society affect that society. Silbey starts with an introduction to law - defining law and its purpose. Students learn how breaking the law affects both the victim and the criminal. They also come to understand how the justice system is designed to discourage bad behavior. However, lawbreakers aren't only criminally liable, and students study the civil side of law. The main point of the course is to come out knowing how society is affected every day by laws.

A detailed reading list, lecture notes, additional resources and assignment guidelines are included in this OpenCourseWare. To learn more from this anthropology course, visit the course page.

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