Anthropology of Law (not in 22/23)

Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode RGMBE50906
Vaknaam Anthropology of Law (not in 22/23)
Niveau(s) bachelor, master, uitwisseling
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a (Blok 1)

Uitgebreide vaknaam Anthropology of Law (Will not be given in 22/23)
Leerdoelen Knowledge and understanding
Knowledge of and understanding of key-concepts and ideas of anthropology of law; as well as understanding the problems that occur in the development of law, with special attention to:
- law in society;
- legal culture;
- legal pluralism;
- non-state law.

Skills and attitude
The ability to apply key-concepts and ideas from anthropology of law; as well as the ability to assess the legal, social, and legal theoretical aspects of an issue in terms of their mutual relationships and to consider these critically.
Omschrijving This course offers a first introduction to several key concepts and ideas of anthropology of law. Anthropology of law has much to contribute to the social scientific study of processes of creating and maintaining rules as well as the ways of dealing with conflicts. Empirical research both in small-scale and complex societies has produced a rich variety of data on socio-legal phenomena of order and conflict in different social and cultural contexts, of all times and places. These data allow for detailed comparative analysis of a variety of issues concerning law and social behaviour. In addition to the importance of anthropology of law for socio-legal theory, the insights and methods from anthropology of law have great practical relevance for understanding problems in socio-legal reality both in the so-called developing countries and in western society. Some of the subjects that will be dealt with in this course are legal culture, legal pluralism, and the interaction between state law and living law in contemporary society.

Students are expected to study the required texts for each lecture in advance. The course will be concluded with an essay.
Uren per week 2
Onderwijsvorm hoorcollege
(7 2-hour lectures)
Toetsvorm schriftelijk (essayvragen) (digitaal)
(Take home exam in examination period 1a)
Vaksoort m4-niveau, niet-juridisch
Coördinator prof. dr. M.L.M. Hertogh
Docent(en) prof. dr. M.L.M. Hertogh
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Reader (circa 20 euro) will be made available in the first meeting.
  • If taken as an optional course, this course is only accessible for students that have obtained their first year certificate (propedeuse) at a research university and for students that have been admitted to a master's degree programme at a research university. If this course is concluded as part of a bachelor's degree programme, these credits cannot be taken into consideration within a master's degree programme.
  • Foreign students: none.
  • Not accessible for students who passed the course Anthropology of Law 1 before 1-9-11.
  • Not accessible for students who passed the course Anthropology of Law (RGMRF50206)before 1-9-18.
  • This course is also open to non-law exchange students (please contact the International Office of the Faculty of Law for more information).
Opmerkingen 1-9-2016: has been changes in 6 EC (instead of 5 EC).
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Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Open Colleges 1 semester I a keuze