Introduction

Introduction

Course Description

Can law bring about social change? Does social change lead to legal change? In what ways? This course draws from various perspectives such as sociology, psychology, political science, and legal scholarship, to examine the relationship between law and social change. We will ground our discussions in case studies on local issues, such as crime and punishment, particularly drug-related crimes and the death penalty, the legislating of financial maintenance of parents, and homosexuality and the (de)criminalization of same-sex sexual conduct.

Course objectives:

After taking this module, students are expected to:

  • Have knowledge on various perspectives on the relationship between law and social change.
  • Develop critical thinking about the promise and perils of law in relation to social change.
  • Develop critical thinking about contemporary issues affecting law and Singaporean society.