Note: The credit breakdown for this seminar is as follows: two total credits with one credit awarded in the fall and one credit awarded in the spring.
This year-long seminar will explore articles and books that help to illuminate the characteristic attributes and the relative advantages and disadvantages of four major systems of social control: legal systems, markets, social groups, and the world religions. The readings may also provide comparative insight into the scope and the historical development of these differing systems. Readings may be chosen from a broad array of social-science disciplines, including sociology, psychology, evolutionary theory, and behavioral law and economics.
Students will be asked to write a short response paper about the readings for each session. There will be twelve two-hour sessions (6 in the fall and 6 in the spring). It will meet on the following dates: September 11 and 18, October 2 and 23, November 6 and 20, February 5 and 19, March 5 and 26, and April 2 and 16.