by Joe W on December 1, 2015 - 11:18pm
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. Sociology help us study the social relationships and society, its psychology based on how people act in a group, and also how people respond to authority and how people will react. If the government were to pass an absurd bill, for example, "no person with the last name Smith can drive a car after 9pm." People would obviously not follow the law, and most likely they'd protest the passing. Studying law as a social science helps us study how people would react to laws being passed and could influence later potential laws being considered being passed. Also there is you cannot go bad with saying "I have a master's degree in Law." Psychology could help us, in part of also being a social science, it could help us get in the minds of criminals and convicts and help us understand why people act the way they do and why they might disobey the law. With knowing why people break the law, due to the law maybe being prejudice, bias, wrong, or just stupid. It helps us get into the mind of other people and helps us understand what they are thinking. It could help us amend, change, or even abolish a law all together.
I believe we should approach studying law as a social science with as much integrity as possible, keeping the field as serious as possible and keeping the most determined scientists/researchers. People might not understand how important this field can be to the regular person and even government officials. Law and how it can be enforced is a never changing thing. Laws change, what makes a law a law change, what laws are to be enforced y a police force and those laws that do not need a police force are ever changing. If people don't agree with the law, they're most likely going to protest which could turn into a full out riot. Without studying the law as a social science, we wouldn't know many things that are attributed to the law, such as "the rule of law," who has access to the law and a rightful trial, how people recognize authority, and how to rightfully defend yourself and making sure judges/governments/law enforcement officers treat you with respect that is outlines the the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. With the mention of the Charter, that is also another thing studying law as a social science is important. It helps us understand what we, as a citizen of Canada (even though I'm not Canadian, whoops), are entitled to and how we are entitled to be treated and respected. Arguably as a person, this Charter is the most important thing for Canadians and it's so much easier to decipher how it is important to us when we the experience of seeing the social side of law and justice.
Its been a fun semester guys and girls and Dr. Caswell, keep it real guys.