The second semester begins with the second profile course (15 credits) in sociology of law, which directly builds upon the knowledge and skills gained in the first term. While the first profile course emphasised the theoretical and disciplinary development of the subject, this second course in sociology of law focuses on the major research traditions within sociology of law.
The students will become familiar with various socio-legal approaches and learn how to plan theoretically informed and methodologically viable studies of law in society. As part of this second course, they will be encouraged to identify a discrete socio-legal problem, which they may further investigate in their Master’s thesis.
Socio-Legal Theory and Practice (15 credits) SOLP02
The course consists of two parts. Module 1 expands the student's knowledge of socio-legal research traditions, while Module 2 focuses on how socio-legal theories and approaches are applied in the empirical studies of law, the legal system and legal behaviour.
Module 1: Socio-legal research traditions, 7.5 credits
The first module expands the student's knowledge of different research traditions in sociology of law, providing advanced introduction to socio-legal concepts and perspectives. It also explains how these are applied to the study of law in society. Great importance is attached to critically comparing the similarities and differences between socio-legal theories and research traditions.
Module 2: Socio-legal methodologies, 7.5 credits
The second module describes and analyzes the current social issues and problems from the standpoint of socio-legal theories which have been studied so far. Great importance is attached to devising a research proposal based on a study of the previous research (or doing a “literature review” in sociology of law), formulating a sociologically valid and relevant research question, developing an appropriate socio-legal theoretical framework to analyze the research question and, finally, devising a methodological approach for conducting this research.
The course is delivered through a combination of lectures, exercises and seminars. Participation in exercises and seminars is compulsory. In case of legitimate absence caused by accidents, sudden illness or similar events, students are given additional tasks to complete. This also applies to students who have missed lectures due to their duties as student representative.
This course is followed, in the second half of the second term, by courses in theory of science and research methods, each 15 credits.