This topic will explore the different theoretical traditions which provide a deep understanding of the nature and role of law in contemporary society. It will introduce students to forms of legal theory which focus on understanding law as a self-contained institution but, more importantly, will consider theories which critique the separation of law from its social contexts. Topics to be studied include: the analytical tradition of jurisprudence; critical legal theory; legal pluralism; sociological approaches to law; legal consciousness studies; materialist legal theory; and law and geography.
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