Sociology of law advanced

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
At the end on 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 re-sulting 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
The course will be held in the second semester.
Course syllabus
The course is mandatory for those who passed the exam in Sociology of law and should deepen their acquaintance with this discipline to the goal of writing a disser-tation in this discipline. However, it 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 ena-ble the student to deal with the classics in this discipline and to understand the prob-lems 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 (1); Philosophy of Law (1)
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