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Law Society ConcentrationThe concentration in law and society seeks to give students a deep understanding of the role law plays in resolving conflicts within and between societies and in realizing a just political order. The study of law and justice has a rich humanistic tradition and involves reflection on fundamental values from multiple perspectives. Students may address topics such as abortion rights, civil rights, environmental protection, euthanasia, or the insanity defense by drawing on disciplines such as political science, sociology, philosophy, economics, literature, history, anthropology, the natural sciences, and psychology. Students also have the opportunity to enhance their communication skills by taking advantage of public speaking opportunitiesincluding participation in moot court.

The law and society concentration is excellent preparation for students intending to attend law school. It is not, however, a "pre-law" program. Law schools do not require applicants to have any prior knowledge of the law, and assume that students will learn all they need to know to practice law while in law school. The intention of the law and society concentration is not to provide the knowledge one acquires in law school about the "black letter law," or what the law is in a given jurisdiction, but rather to use the law as a focal point in the students' liberal arts education. Law schools seek applicants with strong critical thinking and communication skills and a commitment to the study of law; completion of a law and society concentration should demonstrate that these criteria are amply met.

Depending on their selection of courses and use of electives outside the concentration, students concentrating in law and society can be prepared to do graduate work in a number of disciplines such as political science, history, or sociology; students considering these options should consult faculty in those areas. A law and society concentration provides excellent preparation for law or business school or careers in fields such as journalism, public affairs, education, and government.

Available Options: Concentration in Law and Society; Minor concentration 
Note: students may also meet concentration requirements by using an alternate 'Institutions' version of this concentration.

Advisory Board:

Dr. Mark Tunick   Dr. Keith Jakee

CONCENTRATION IN LAW AND SOCIETY
Course # Course Name Credits
POS 3691 Honors Law in American Society 3
POS 4603 or POS 4604 Honors Constitutional Law I or Honors Constitutional Law II 3
  Electives (see below) 24
IDS 4970 Honors Thesis in Law and Society 6
  Total Credits 36

Electives: In addition to POS 3691 and one course in Constitutional law, concentrators must take 24 credits of elective courses with a substantial content in or bearing on law. Except by special petition, at least 12 credits of these must be 3000-level or above courses, and students are reminded that they need 45 credits of 3000 or 4000 level courses to graduate. Students choose from courses listed below. Other FAU courses may be used only with approval of the Concentration Advisor.

Up to 9 of the 24 credits may be from courses that provide background within a discipline that is needed to pursue advanced courses in that discipline that have a substantial content in law or serve as preparation for the honors thesis: for example, an honors introductory course in economics that is a prerequisite for taking an upper-division course in economics and law; or an introductory course in psychology that is a prerequisite for an upper division course on psychology and the law or that prepares the student to write a thesis on the insanity defense.

Courses used to satisfy the SBA or CIV requirements of the Honors Core can not be used towards this concentration. Except by special petition, no more than two non-Honors courses may be used to satisfy the requirements of the Concentration and they may be counted only when no equivalent course is offered at the Honors College. Courses not on this list may be counted with approval of the concentration advisory board.

All students concentrating in law and society are strongly encouraged to participate in an internship or study abroad program with a substantial content in law.

ELECTIVES
Course # Course Name Credits
AMH 2010 Honors US History to 1877 3
AMH 2020 Honors U.S. History Since 1877 3
AMH 4932 Honors Violence in America 3
AMS 4332 Honors Violence in the U.S. 3
ANT 4930 Honors Islam in World Culture 3
CLP 4144 Honors Abnormal Psychology 3
ECP 3451 Honors Law and Economics 3
EUH 3604 Honors European Intellectual History I 3
EUH 3607 Honors European Intellectual History II 3
EVR 4930 Honors Environmental Disputes 3
HIS 1933 Honors Civil Rights Movement 3
IDS 3932 Honors Law in the Real World 1
IDS 4933 Honors Anthropology and Law 1 or 3
IDS 3932 Honors Ethics in Business, Government, Society 3
IDS 3932 Honors Hijab: Women and Boundaries in Islamic Cultures 3
PHI 3644 Honors Obligations 3
PHI 2642 Honors Ethics of Social Diversity 3
PHI 3644 Honors Obligations 3
PHP 3502 Honors Hegel's Political Philosophy 3
PHH 3100 Honors Ancient Greek Philosophy 3
PHI 4930 Honors American Pragmatism 3
PHI 4930 Honors Investigating Scientific Investigation 3
POS 2692 Honors Punishment 3
POS 3675 Honors Moot Court 1 or 3
POS 3734 Honors Research Methods 3
POS 4603 Honors U.S. Constitutional Law I 3
POS 4604 Honors U.S. Constitutional Law II 3
POS 3626 Honors Privacy 3
POS 4609 Honors The Judiciary 3
POS 4685 Honors American Legal Development 3
POS 4932 Honors Race, Gender, Diversity and Law 3
POS 4932 Honors Legal Ethics and Professionalism 3
POS 4932 Honors Political Sociology 3
POT 3021 Honors History of Political Theory 3
POT 3022 Honors History of Political Thought I 3
POT 3023 Honors History of Political Thought II 3
SYG 1000 Honors Introduction Sociology 3
SYD 4792 Honors Race, Gender, Class, Sexuality and Science 3
SOP 3004 Honors Principles of Social Psychology 3
WST 4504 Honors Feminist Theory 3
WST 3015 Honors Introduction to Women's Studies 3
 

Minor Concentration in Law and Society

The Law and Society minor concentration is designed to offer students an understanding of the role law plays in resolving conflicts within and between societies and in realizing a just political order. The study of law and justice has a rich humanistic tradition and involves reflection on fundamental values from multiple perspectives. Students take 15 credit hours: at least 9 hours must be at the 3000 or 4000 level; 6 hours may be at a lower level. Students must have at least a 2.0 GPA in courses taken for the minor concentration. At least 50% of upper level credits must be from Honors College courses. No more than 1 class taken for the minor concentration may also be counted towards the student's concentration.

Requirements:

  • POS 3691 Honors Law and American Society (3 credits);
  • POS 4603 Honors Constitutional Law I or POS 4604 Honors Con. Law II (3 credits);
  • Three Law and Society electives from list below; other courses may be used as electives only with prior approval of Law and Society advisory board (9 credits).
MINOR CONCENTRATION IN LAW AND SOCIETY
Course # Course Name Credits
AMS 4332 Honors Violence in the U.S. 3
ECP 3451 Honors Law and Economics 3
HIS 1933 Honors The Civil Rights Movement 3
IDS 4933 Honors Anthropology and Law 3
IDS 4933 Honors Ethics in Business, Government, Society 3
PHI 3644 Honors Obligations 3
POS 2692 Honors Punishment 3
POS 4603 Honors U.S. Constitutional Law I 3
POS 4604 Honors U.S. Constitutional Law II 3
POS 3626 Honors Privacy 3
POS 4685 Honors American Legal Development 3
POS 4932 Honors Courts and Public Policy 3
POS 4932 Honors Race, Gender, Diversity and Law 3
POS 4932 Honors Legal Ethics and Professionalism 3
POT 3021 Honors History of Political Theory 3
HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY ELECTIVES
Course # Course Name Credits
AMH 2010 Honors US History to 1877 3
AMH 2020 Honors U.S. History Since 1877 3
HIS 1933 Honors Civil Rights Movement 3
EUH 3604 Honors European Intellectual History I 3
EUH 3607 Honors European Intellectual History II 3
IDS 3932 Honors Ethics 
in Business, Government, Society
3
PHH 3100 Honors Ancient Greek Philosophy 3
PHI 4930 Honors Investigating Scientific Investigation 3
PHI 4930 Honors American Pragmatism 3
CULTURE AND SOCIAL THEORY ELECTIVES
Course # Course Name Credits
ANT 4930 Honors Islam in World Culture 3
IDS 3932 Honors Hijab: 
Women and Boundaries in Islamic Cultures
3
IDS 4933 Honors Anthropology and Law 3
SYD 4792 Honors Race, Gender, Sexuality, Science 3
WST 3015 Honors Introduction to Women's Studies 3
WST 4504 Honors Feminist Theory 3
POS 4930 Honors Political Sociology 3
SYG 1000 Honors Introduction to Sociology 3

 

 
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