JURI 1106B Law as a Social Science

Algoma University
by elakallonen on December 7, 2015
 The benefit of studying law as a social science is understanding how law and society work together and effect each other. When asking the benefit of studying law as a social science, it is important to first define what law and society are. Law is a system of rules that reflect the values of a society. Law consists of legal rules, written in a Constitution. The Constitution of a legal system is the rules/guidelines that governs a society.

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by Tyler St. A on December 7, 2015
When we look at laws in a social context, this is the process of not only learning what a law is and what it does, but how it applies to specific circumstances in society. This is shown through Socio-Legal studies which "investigates legal institutes, processes, cultures, texts, experiences and outcomes" as well as the definition of a law.  Law's can therefor be limited under sec. 1 of the charter to suit circumstance, as well laws must be considered in a social setting before they can be considered or passed.

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by DivyanshSharma on December 3, 2015
What is the benefit to studying law as a social science?

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by DivyanshSharma on December 3, 2015
What is the benefit to studying law as a social science?

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by Malahdal on December 2, 2015
               Laws are a system of rules that a country or society identifies as variable of actions of its members, and may enforce it by Different level of government, which have the ability to impose punishment to provide security and protection for society. Whereas social science is the study of human society, and relationships. Connecting these two terms to get a better vision that the government provides laws and protection to defend people from risking them self, or causing damages to others, which Improves human stander of living.

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by Ajunor on December 2, 2015
As discussed throughout the semester we have looked at the presence of the law in our daily lives. The law is reflective of its society’s norms and expectations, written rules that we abide that help to maintain a working flow and a way to punish or have set consequences for those who do not. It is hard if not impossible to study one without including some aspect of the other because they are so intertwined. Laws were created to maintain order and set expectations for the citizens, I believe that there is not and has never been a society that was not governed by law.

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by narmanious on December 2, 2015
Today we live in a world where many things work well together. There is peanut butter and jam, students and caffeine; and Canadian relations with the U.S. However separately they work just as well. But then were left with an issue of law and society. They go hand in hand and cannot be separated, unless you want a community of chaos. A nation cannot have laws with no society nor a society with no laws. This is why it is great to study law as a social science.

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by Perrymasonrock on December 2, 2015
Law in Relation to Society

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by corr on December 2, 2015
                The benefit of studying law as a social science is to see how it relates to society as a whole.

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Algoma University
by Justin Arsneault on December 2, 2015
Blog Post 3: Law as a Social Science and Approaching law as a field of Study - Justin Arseneault   Personally when i look at law and social science i jump immediately to the idea of laws reflecting societal values and an understanding of how to affect values, what affects them and why so. And in looking at the how, what, why of the situation we come to understand the systems at play and their functionality.

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by marissaditoro on December 2, 2015
The benefits of studying law as a social science are wide and far reaching. If one believes that law and society are inseparable, then it would be both relevant and necessary to study law as a social science. Law cannot be looked at from one single viewpoint, to do so would be to see only one aspect of the law. The law is fluid, ever changing, and open to interpretation, much like the norms of society, so it is necessary to gain the best understanding of the law in order to fully grasp the concepts and functions of the law.

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by Motaz alafifi on December 2, 2015
            Law as social science is one of the greatest courses that I have ever taken because the theory of that course is to show the relationship between the law and the social science. First of all, I am going to definite the law in my own theory. Law is the rules that the country sets for their citizens or the people who came to visit the country. For example, the Canadian government sets a law for the drivers to not park on the disabled parking unless you have permission to park there.

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by Joe W on December 1, 2015
There are many benefits to study law as a social science. It helps us to interpret laws and make sure they have no loopholes and can properly govern as many people as possible without any complaints. Without the social science aspect, we would lose the part of law that goes in-depth with how people interact with themselves and the law. As it was taught to us in class, sociology plays a big part in helping us design and interpret laws, regulations and statutes.

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by Tyler St. A on October 31, 2015
Blog Post #2 - October 30th    10/30/2015   Dr. Marisha Caswell   JURI 1106B            There is no sure reason which indicates why people obey the law and refrain from committing crimes although there are common theories as as to why people follows laws, which suggest that people obey laws due to a fear of punishment from the law, or because they believe disobeying such laws is morally wrong. 

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by Ajunor on October 31, 2015
When asking the question why do we obey the law? There is not one specific answer but rather multiple factors that together can answer. People choose to obey the law for a variety of reasons including religion, morals, safety, fear of punishment, public shame among a few. The decision we make to obey or break a law i believe can change based on situation and type of law. I obey most laws because it was what i was taught to do, i was raised to respect authority and follow the rules.

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by BrianOwens on October 30, 2015
We obey the law because it is enforced on us. Personally I don’t believe in the theories of civil obedience like gratitude that explain to explain why people follow the law. People don’t follow the law and obey it out of appreciation of the freedoms they get from it. I believe that people obey the law in fear of being penalized by it. I think some sufficient evidence for this would be in class when asked whom has violated law a heavy majority said they had. When examining my own life I have realized I break the law on a daily basis.

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Reply to: Blog post ~ 1
3 years 5 months ago

I would strongly agree with your point were people have to respect each other, also have to respect the law. You have motioned that drivers have more responsibility in Canada, which provide security for other people to walk safely, also you stated that people have respect to each other when they live close, so in the middle of the week no one can make noise after 10 PM, which shows people that they have to respect each other even in the place they own, such as a house, or apartment. In the second part, you mentioned the tax, which is known as the main source of revenue to the government. Tax gives the government the ability to improve a certain country when it been garneted and spend in the right track. As an example of that, you bring up the health care plan in Canada which is really helpful and been improved through the tax revenue, and there are many other thing in the country that benefit from tax

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3 years 5 months ago

First I like the way you connect the Anishnabe rule of nature to the Idea of obeying the law, and that people are obligated to follow the rule, another point that you have mentioned is that people would not want to pay for mistakes financially, I got two speeding ticket my self, and I hated the facts that I have to pay money for it, not only that when I got point deduction I had to pay more for car insurance, witch is another thing that I hated because now I am considered as risky driver. People reputation could be damaged when the committed an offence, which could reflect badly to society. For example, if an individual is committed as sex offender, at this point the society would look to that individual differently even if HE/SHE had served HIS/HER sentence. So that give us a better understanding of why we obey the law, and that most people try to stay out o troubles to avoid being punished.

3 years 5 months ago

I enjoyed how you stated "[s]ocial sciences help us form a bridge between the corrections that our society needs". It is very important to look at law as a social science to ensure the law is working most efficiently with our society. Good job

3 years 5 months ago

You made very good points and showed why it is important to study law as a social science. Offering different examples like the one about learning from past legal issues to prevent them in the future. Good job.

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3 years 5 months ago

Thank you Mohammed for this post.
I agree that each person treats equally the same in the country as you said because as I have read two years ago about the president of Toronto when he got caught smoking crack. The government treated him as any person in the country used that kind of drugs, and the government did not say that because he had a power in the country we should not catch him, so what we see is treating people in the same way make the government stronger and show the people that no one is above the law that sets by the government. Also, that gives the people in the country the right and has the confidence to complain about any person doing wrong things, and the government will do the right decision to treat the people who are breaking the law even if they are working with the government.

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3 years 5 months ago

I agree with Mohammed and his great example for drinking Alcohol because as a Saudi and I have studied the Sharia Law which is our country follows. Sharia Law says that each citizen in Saudi Arabia ( even Saudi or not, or Muslim or not ) must not drink alcohol in the country because it is prohibited in the country and it treats as a drug. Unlike in Canada, Alcohol is legal in Ontario, but you should follow some rules to drink or buy alcohol. First, your age should be nineteen years old or above. For example, if you got caught in Canada and you are under the legal age of drinking alcohol, you will be in a problem. Second, you are not able to drink alcohol while driving a vehicle because your brain does not have the full attention to control the vehicle even if you feel comfortable. For example, you went to the bar and you have finished 3 bottles of beer then you have decided to leave the bar and go back to your place ( even if you are not feeling drunk) if you got caught from the police your driver license will be substantial automatically because you have a percentage of alcohol in you blood more that five percent as a Full G driver. On the other hand, the government sets some laws for those placese where they are selling alcohol on it. First, in Ontraio there are only 3 places you can buy Alcohol from it ( as a bottle ) The LCBO, The Beer Store, The Wine Store. Those three places are selling Alcohol under some rules. One of them is the person who is buying Alcohol shouldn't be drunk while buying it from the store. Also, the sotre can not sell alcohol after 10 p.m as a maximum.

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3 years 5 months ago

You have very interesting points and ideas that I think really reflect our society today. I think your point about our society becoming a dystopian society if laws are not enacted, enforced, or followed. Most people think that would never be possible in a society like Canada, but Canada relies heavily on laws to structure society, and if this social control suddenly is no longer relevant, the society will head downhill very quickly. Also, I agree with your point about there being universal laws everyone follows and can agree on collectively. However, there are cultural practice and social norms of different societies that lead to the creation of laws that might not be accepted as valid in another country or culture. For example, polygamy is not acceptable in many Western cultures and is banned by law, but other countries in the world see it as acceptable and normal, and so there are not any laws banning it. I really like your point about the law being our civic duty, and think that you could even add on that it could also be our civic duty to disobey the law. If the law no longer reflects morals, values, and beliefs of society, it is up to the individuals to make a point that the law should no longer be accepted.

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3 years 5 months ago

I really like your initial point about how the law even affects the freshness of the air we breathe; I don’t always immediately think of environmental laws and regulations when I think of laws that affect me. Usually I think of traffic laws and copyright laws instead. I think it is really important to emphasize the part we play as individuals within society and how it affects others, like the example you gave about following the law and the safety of yourself and others. It is important to acknowledge the part we as individuals play in society, how we can contribute to the law, and the responsibility we have to uphold laws in order to keep others safe. Also, you pointed out that much of the law we follow (or at least the impact it has) is invisible, which is definitely true. I never would have thought of having clean water to make my coffee or breathing fresh air to be directly related to the law. Perhaps I just take it for granted, which is even more reason to study the law and understand how it is connected to everyday life. Very interesting points!

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3 years 5 months ago

Well done article

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