About the Law and Society Minor

Law is everywhere; it regulates, controls, enables, prohibits, determines, protects, and shapes our lives in countless ways. But law also provides opportunities to resist and subvert various forms of authority. The Law and Society Minor introduces students to ideas, concepts and frameworks for thinking about the nature of law and legal processes in a global and historical–as well as a Canadian–context. This program examines the connections and relationships of law and society using an interdisciplinary approach that draws from scholarship in law, sociology, history, anthropology, political science, and related areas. Students are challenged to examine the locus and nature of legal authority, the purpose of law in a society, why people should or do obey the law, the relationship of law to morality and between law and society, as well as differing historical, geographical, and conceptual approaches to law and legality.