Five College Consortium

Social Movements & Change

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Law, Jurisp & Social Thought

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Amherst College

This course examines social movements (and related phenomena) as integral elements of legal orders and as significant sources of legal transformations. Through interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and historical analyses, the course will explore the ways in which non-state actors engage formal legal institutions to shape or reform law, in order to affect the conditions of social life. Of particular interest are not merely desired changes in laws but resultant changes in the culture of law more broadly. The course will draw on a wide range of movements (historical and contemporary; “progressive” and conservative; broad-based and narrowly focused; American and non-American; local, national and global; North and South, activist and bureaucratic from “below” and from “within”; etc.) and study two or three in closer detail. The over-arching objective is to achieve a richer understanding of both the inner workings of “the law” and the dynamic life of law outside of formal institutions.

 Requisite: LJST 101 or consent of instructor. Limited to 30 students. Spring semester. Senior Lecturer Delaney.

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Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Course Sections

Social Movements & Change
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0

David Delaney

TTH 01:00PM-02:20PM

CHAP 101