Summer 2018 - CRIM 332 J100

Sociology of Law (3)

Class Number: 6905

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    HCC 1520, Vancouver

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 9, 2018
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    HCC 2510, Vancouver

  • Instructor:

    Charmaine Perkins
  • Prerequisites:

    CRIM 101 and 135.



Introduction to the theory of sociology of law. Law and social structure. Law as a product of a social system and as an instrument of social change. Social functions of the law. Relationship between law and the structure and function of various other social institutions. The process of law-making. Process by which various interests become translated into legal rules. The social reality of the law; the law in action. Social sciences findings into the operation and practice of the law. Critical and feminist perspectives on law. Public knowledge, awareness, opinions and attitudes to the law, sanctions and the criminal justice system.


This course asks students to think critically about the role of law in society.  The course encourages students to reflect critically on the complexities of Canadian law, and, in particular, on how legal processes both influence and are shaped by social, political, and economic relations.  This course is designed to advance students’ knowledge of the complexity of law, its methods, and its theoretical debates by focusing on two main themes: the culture of rights and the regulation of morality.  The course is divided into two sections.  Part One will focus on classical and contemporary socio-legal theories.  Part Two will review the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and examine recent Supreme Court cases.  A main objective of the course is to teach students how to draw on theoretical frameworks to analyze contemporary socio-legal debates.  A range of topics are discussed, including the regulation of abortion, prostitution, drugs, euthanasia, privacy, LGBTQ rights and homelessness.


  • Midterm 20%
  • Research Paper 30%
  • Tutorial participation/attendance 10%
  • Presentation 10%
  • 5-Liners 10%
  • Final Exam 20%



All course readings are available online through SFU’s library.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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