Law and Society

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Interdisciplinary Programs, EBU 3B
Computer Science and Engineering Building, Room 1114
Warren College

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Law and Society is an interdisciplinary minor that emphasizes the complexity and interrelationship of legal, social, and ethical issues in their historical context. Although it is administered by Warren College, it is available to all UC San Diego undergraduate students considering law-related careers or those with a general interest in law as a social institution. The purpose of the program is to enhance students’ critical analysis of social and ethical issues related to law and of the legal implications and ramifications of policy and decision-making in their major fields of study. Students examine the role of the legal system and specific legal issues from the perspectives of the social sciences and humanities. Social forces, historical questions, and issues of values will be considered in the context of the legal system. The focus of the minor is on the process of law—how the law both reflects and defines basic social values—and its relation to the political, economic, and social conflicts within society.

The interdisciplinary content of the Law and Society minor offers students the opportunity to examine law-related issues from the perspectives of a broad range of disciplines, including anthropology, communication, critical gender studies, economics, environmental studies, ethnic studies, history, linguistics, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, and urban studies and planning.

Students should consult an academic adviser at their college to determine how the Law and Society minor can best meet their college graduation requirements. Minor declarations must be made online using the TritonLink major and minor application.

Students are urged to supplement the Law and Society minor with a law-related internship. The Academic Internship Program offers local placements with lawyers, judges, elected officials, government offices, and public interest groups. In addition, placements are available in Washington, D.C. with senators, representatives, legislative committees, and political action committees.

A number of extracurricular events and programs are also available to students interested in law. Information on these programs and activities is available in the Warren College Interdisciplinary Programs Office, EBU 3B, Computer Science and Engineering Building, Room 1114, Warren College, or call (858) 534-3068. Website:

Law and Society Minor Requirements

The minor consists of four required courses and three elective courses. At least five courses must be taken at the upper-division level. To assure an interdisciplinary learning experience, students must include at least one course from each of the following academic departments: history, philosophy, political science, and sociology. Law and Society 101, Contemporary Legal Issues, will count as a history, philosophy, political science, or sociology course according to the departmental affiliation of the instructor. Law and Society 101 may be repeated for credit once (separate topic required), for a maximum total of eight units.

Required Courses

  1. One of the following two courses:
    Political Science 40. Introduction to Law and Society
    Sociology 50. Introduction to Law and Society
  2. Law and Society 101. Contemporary Legal Issues
  3. One of the following four courses:
    History US 150. American Legal History to 1865
    History US 151. American Legal History since 1865
    Political Science 104A. The Supreme Court and the Constitution
    Political Science 104B. Civil Liberties—Fundamental Rights
  4. One of the following two courses:
    Philosophy 168. Philosophy of Law
    Sociology 140. Sociology of Law

Electives Chosen from the Following


ANSC 100. Topics in Socio-Cultural Anthropology (topic approval required)

ANSC 140. Human Rights II: Contemporary Issues


COMM 114F. Law, Communication, and Freedom of Expression

COMM 114M. Communication and the Law

COMM 114N. Communication and the Law: The Body in Law

Critical Gender Studies

CGS 106. Gender, Equality, and the Law

CGS 107. Gender and Reproductive Rights

Dimensions of Culture

DOC 2. Justice (open to Thurgood Marshall College students only)


ECON 118. Law and Economics: Torts, Property, Crime

ECON 119. Law and Economics: Contracts and Corporations

Environmental Studies

ENVR 110. Environmental Law

Ethnic Studies

ETHN 152. Law and Civil Rights

History of Science

HISC 131. Science, Technology, and Law

History Topics

HITO 134. International Law: War Crimes and Genocide

History of the United States

HIUS 128. African American Legal History

HIUS 150. American Legal History to 1865

HIUS 151. American Legal History since 1865

HIUS 152A. A Constitutional History of the U.S. to 1865

HIUS 152B. A Constitutional History of the U.S. since 1865

HIUS 153. American Political Trials

HIUS 155A. Religion and Law in American History: Foundations to the Civil War

HIUS 155B. Religion and Law in American History: Civil War to the Present

HIUS 169. Topics in American Legal and Constitutional History

HIUS 181. Topics in Twentieth-Century United States History—Reel Justice: Law and Justice in Film

Law and Society

LAWS 101. Contemporary Legal Issues (may be repeated for credit once; separate topic required)

LAWS 102S. Crimes, Civil Wrongs, and Constitution


LIGN 105. Law and Language

LIGN 176. Language of Politics and Advertising

Rady School of Management

MGT 166. Business Ethics and Corporate Responsibility


PHIL 10. Introduction to Logic

PHIL 12. Logic and Decision Making

PHIL 162. Contemporary Moral Issues

PHIL 163. Biomedical Ethics

PHIL 165. Freedom, Equality, and the Law

PHIL 167. Contemporary Political Philosophy

PHIL 168. Philosophy of Law

Political Science

POLI 13. Power and Justice

POLI 40. Introduction to Law and Society

POLI 104A. The Supreme Court and the Constitution

POLI 104B. Civil Liberties—Fundamental Rights

POLI 104C. Civil Liberties—The Rights of Criminals and Minorities

POLI 104D. Judicial Politics

POLI 104F. Seminar in Constitutional Law

POLI 104G. Election Law

POLI 104I. Law and Politics—Courts and Political Controversy

POLI 104L. Positive Political Theory of Law

POLI 104M. Law and Sex

POLI 104N. Race and Law

POLI 140A. International Law and Organizations

POLI 145A. International Politics and Drugs

POLI 150A. Politics of Immigration


PSYC 162. Psychology and the Law


SOCI 50. Introduction to Law and Society

SOCI 120T. Special Topics in Culture, Language, and Social Interaction (topic approval required)

SOCI 140. Sociology of Law

SOCI 140F. Law and the Workplace

SOCI 141. Crime and Society

SOCI 142. Social Deviance

SOCI 144. Forms of Social Control

SOCI 145. Violence and Society

SOCI 146. Law Enforcement in America

SOCI 152. Social Inequality and Public Policy

SOCI 159. Special Topics in Social Organizations and Institutions (topic approval required)

SOCI 160E. Law and Culture

SOCI 163. Migration and the Law

SOCI 173. Elite Crime

Urban Studies and Planning

USP 121. Real-Estate Law and Regulation

USP 122. Redevelopment Planning, Policy Making, and Law

USP 124. Land Use Planning

Students may petition to substitute courses in the minor that have substantial legal content. Petitions should be submitted to the Warren College Interdisciplinary Programs Office.

Recommended Internship Experience

A law-related internship (AIP 197) is recommended and should be arranged at least one quarter in advance through the Academic Internship Program, Literature Building, Second Floor,