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Law, Justice, and Social Change Minor

Effective Winter 2017

Exclusions:

A minor in Law, Justice, and Social Change is not open to those electing a minor in Crime and Justice (Residential College). Students electing the Law, Justice, and Social Change minor may not declare a minor in History of Law and Policy.

Advising

Please review the Advising page of the Sociology website for full information on declaring a Sociology major, sub-major, or minor, getting in touch by email, or scheduling an appointment.

A department advisor is available to discuss the choice of Sociology as a major or minor, assist with course planning, and provide guidance on department opportunities. Students may schedule an advising appointment using the online appointment scheduler linked here or email advising questions to socadvisor@umich.edu.

Grade Policies

Students must earn at least a C– in the prerequisites for the minor and in all courses they plan to include in the minor. Courses elected as pass/fail may not be included in the minor.

Prerequisites

One of SOC 100, 102, 195, 300, or 302.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 15

A minimum of nine credits must be elected in the minor at the 300-level or above (not including prerequisites).

A minimum of 15 credits from any combination of the courses listed below.

  • SOC 204: International Migration and the Politics of Membership in a Globalizing World
  • SOC 208: Terrorism, Torture, & Violence
  • SOC / WGS 270 (WOMENSTD 270): Gender and the Law
  • SOC 295: Topics in Sociology, section titled "Non-Profits" (F18)
  • SOC 304: American Immigration
  • SOC 335 / AAS 347 / RCSSCI 343: Urban Inequality in America
  • SOC 350: Human Rights in the United Nations
  • SOC 368: Criminology
  • SOC 354: Law and Society
  • SOC 422: Latin America (F19)
  • SOC 450: Human Rights in a Globalizing World: How Human Rights Evolved and Changed the World
  • SOC 461: Social Movements
  • SOC 465 / PSYCH 488 / WGS 465 (WOMENSTD 465): Sociological Analysis of Deviance
  • SOC 468: Crime & Justice: Inside-Out Prison Exchange
  • SOC 476: Sociology of Bioethics
  • SOC 488: Organizing Internship
  • SOC 489: Community Organizing and Social Change
  • SOC 495: Topics in Sociology, section titled "Env Justice:Capitalism, Resistance,&Just Sustainab" (SU18)
  • SOC 225 (or 389)*: Practicum in Sociology (Project Community at a criminal justice site)

Students may also include the following courses with appropriate topics as approved by the department advisor:

  • SOC 295: Topics in Sociology
  • SOC 394: Undergraduate Research
  • SOC 395: Independent Study
  • SOC 396: Undergraduate Internship
  • SOC 495: Topics in Sociology

 

Constraints

 A maximum of 6 credits in the minor may come from experiential learning or independent study style courses. These include (but are not limited to) SOC 225, 394, 395, 396, and 488.

Other Department Policies

The department of Sociology will allow one course with significant sociological content related to Law, Justice, and Social Change from other LSA departments or from transfer institutions to be included in the plan for the minor.

Students interested in petitioning to include a non-SOC or transfer course in their minor should complete the course petition process which includes submitting a petition form and the course syllabus.

Law, Justice, and Social Change Minor (Fall 2014)

Effective Fall 2014

A minor in Law, Justice, and Social Change is not open to those electing a minor in Crime and Justice (Residential College). Students electing the Law, Justice, and Social Change minor may not declare a minor in History of Law and Policy.

Sociology has long served students interested in sociology; some of these students have deep interests in law, justice, and social change and advocacy. This minor offers those students a coherent curriculum that emphasizes the ways in which legal and other social institutions reproduce and exacerbate social inequalities, and the capacity of social groups to challenge such institutions in ways that produce fundamental social change. Students may select from a wide range of courses in which they will explore knowledge in criminology, law, social movements, and human rights.

This minor is intended for those students who have interests in law and/or social change, and for non-majors who are eager for the perspective that sociology brings to their understanding of law and justice. It offers students:

  • An understanding of theoretical perspectives on justice and on the connections between law and society.
  • Frameworks for thinking about legal compliance, deviance, and resistance.
  • Perspectives for thinking about the relationship between “law on the books” and “law in actions”.
  • Tools for thinking about the relationship between law and social change.
  • What it means to “use” law in contexts outside the courtroom – including in families, neighborhoods, workplaces, social movements, mass media, prisons, and health care settings.
  • Understandings of the law in international contexts and in regard to human rights issues.
  • The foundation of theory, methods, and substantive knowledge necessary to develop informed perspectives on criminality, crime policy, and the social consequences of legal punishment.

Prerequisites to the Minor

 One of SOC 100, 102, 195 or 300.

Students must earn at least a C- or better in the prerequisites to the minor and in all courses they plan to include in the minor. Courses elected pass/fail may not be included in the minor.

Requirements for the Minor

A minimum of 15 credits from any combination of the courses listed below.

Students must earn at least a C- or better in the prerequisites to the minor and in all courses they plan to include in the minor.

  • SOC 204  – International Migration and the Politics of Membership in a Globalizing World 
  • SOC 270 / WOMENSTD 270 – Gender and the Law
  • SOC 350 – Human Rights in the United Nations
  • SOC 368 – Criminology
  • SOC 354 – Law and Society
  • SOC 461 – Social Movements
  • SOC 465 / PSYCH 488 / WOMENSTD 465 – Sociological Analysis of Deviance
  • SOC 476 – Sociology of Bioethics
  • SOC 489 – Community Organizing and Social Change
  • SOC 225 (or 389)* – Practicum in Sociology (Project Community at a criminal justice site)

Students may also include the following courses with appropriate topics as approved by the department advisor:

  • SOC 295 – Topics in Sociology
  • SOC 394 – Undergraduate Research 
  • SOC 395 – Independent Study
  • SOC 396 – Undergraduate Internship
  • SOC 495 – Topics in Sociology

The department of Sociology will allow one course with significant sociological content related to Law, Justice, and Social Change from other LSA departments or from transfer institutions to be included in the plan for the minor.

Students interested in petitioning to include a non-SOC course in their minor should email their request tosocadvisor@umich.edu and include a complete course syllabus.

Restrictions:

A maximum of 6 credits in the minor may come from experiential learning or independent study style courses. These include (but are not limited to) SOC 225 (or 389) and 395.