Sociology of Law (Rättssociologi) is only possible to study at Lund University in all the European countries. Sociology of Law is an autonomous, academic discipline including a complete undergraduate education with separate courses for 80 points or 120 ECT and a postgraduate education (doctoral studies for a PhD).
Sociology of Law is studying the relation between law and society. A Sociology of Law perspective on law does not mean that the focus is on some single enactment but on law in a social context. When it comes to describe or analyse the origins, causes or functions of a specific act, rule or norm you have to use social science theories and methods.
Sociology of Law is a legal science and a social science at the same time. One research project could be relevant in both directions or disciplines – theoretically as well as methodologically. What is common for jurisprudence and Sociology of Law is the interest in the legal system.
Sociology of Law at Lund University is developing a specific focus on norms. The study of norms is a certain field of knowledge and norms are the core object in Sociology of Law.
At Sociology of Law we have about 25 teachers and researchers – from which about 15 are PhD-students. On the undergraduate level we have about 400 student in our different courses every year (A-, B-, C- and D-levels).
Sociology of Law belongs to The faculty of Social Sciences.