Sociology of law advanced

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
At the end of this course the student will have acquired a philological awareness, which will make it possible for her or him to reconstruct the ideas of the classics in sociology of law and awareness as to the problems raised by conceptualization (and, possibly, operationalizations) in social sciences in general and sociology of law in particular.
Expected learning outcomes
A - Ability to study the classics and acquaintance with the empirical methods of sociology of law
B - Ability to conceptualize legal phenomena and possibly operationalize the resulting conceptualizations through the main quantitative and qualitative empirical sociological methods
C - Ability to address critically the scientific purport of texts endowed with high scientific prestige (classics in sociology of law)
D - Further improvement of the command of the sociological and legal-sociological technical languages relative to the command acquired in Sociologia del diritto (basic)
E - Improvement of the ability to learn sociological subjects, including subjects other than sociology of law
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Teaching methods
Classes will be live-streamed on Microsoft Teams, following the lessons timetable. Live-streamed classes will be recorded and will be available to students on the same platform.
Relevant information about how to join the classes on Microsoft Teams and other instructions will be available on the Ariel website of the course. Please browse it regularly.

Course syllabus and Teaching Resources (reference material)
The course syllabus and reference material are unchanged.

Learning Assessment methods
There will be no changes to the methods for assessing learning and the assessment criteria.
The examination will take place orally on Microsoft Teams.
Should the health situation allow it, subject to the availability of classrooms and the necessary safety conditions, the examination will take place in the classroom.
However, students who are unable to travel from their place of residence and/or domicile will be able to take the examination remotely.
Further information and updates will be made available on the course ARIEL website. It is therefore recommended that students check the Ariel website regularly.
Course syllabus
The course is mandatory for those who aim to graduate with a dissertation in Sociology of law. Condition precedent for attending this course is having passed the exam of Sociology of law (basic).
This course is open to all students.
The course is in two parts.
In the first part some classics in sociology of law will be assigned and discussed dur-ing classes. Attention will be paid to translation problems from and to the Italian or English language concerning legal-sociological terms. Even more attention will be paid to how given legal sociologists conceptualize (and possibly operationalize) the continuum made up by social reality and, notably, socio-legal reality. This will enable the student to deal with the classics in this discipline and to understand the problems of conceptualizations in sociology of law, and their difference from legal-dogmatic ones.
In the second part the main quantitative and qualitative methods used in sociology in general and sociology of law in particular will be taught.

Analytical program
1. Analysis and discussion of 3 classics in Sociology of law
2. Conceptualization in Sociology of law
3. Operationalization in Sociology of law
4. Classico 3: aspetti filologici e concettuali
5. Empirical methods in sociology
6. Interviews
7. Focus groups
8. Participant observation and ethnographic methods
9. Quantitative methods
10. Multivariate analysis
11. Cluster analysis
12. Correspondence analysis
Prerequisites for admission
Sociology of law (basic course).
Teaching methods
Classroom-taught lessons. Discussion of assignments.
Teaching Resources
They will be provided by the instructors during the course.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral examination
IUS/20 - PHILOSOPHY OF LAW - University credits: 6
Lessons: 42 hours