Law, Society and Politics in Comparative Perspective

Law, Society and Politics in Comparative Perspective

Course dates:
18 July, 2020 to 15 August, 2020
Fee:
1,100 €
Topics:
Multidisciplinary, Social Sciences
Application deadline:
Saturday, 20 June, 2020
University:
Freie Universität Berlin International Summer and Winter University (FUBiS)
Berlin, Germany

Course Description

This course explores theoretical and historical perspectives on the intersection of law, society and politics, and aims to foster discussion of contemporary issues among students from different cultures and disciplines. After an introduction to comparative law and legal culture, we read some classical social theorists (Durkheim, Weber and Marx), and consider their relevance to contemporary debates about morality, (dis)obedience, conflict, and property. Next, we investigate the role and operation of law in totalitarian settings such as Nazi and Communist Germany. Finally, we consider the difficulties that such legacies pose for democracy, the rule of law, and the economy in post-totalitarian societies. In this context, we examine the need for ‘transitional justice’, the relationship between law and the market, and the challenges posed by freedom of speech.

Overall, the course aims to develop skills at using theory and history to inform debates on contemporary challenges, such as multiculturalism, punishment, (illegal) downloading/streaming/file-sharing, and economic development. In addition to gaining substantive expertise in various socio- and politico-legal fields, students develop communicative competence through participatory exercises, and intercultural competence through discussion with other students.

Accommodation

FUBiS offers the following accommodation options:

  • Single room in shared apartments at the student dorms
  • Youth hostel JuLi
  • Homestay with Berlin host family
  • The Student Hotel

For more details on the different accommodation options, please click here.

Registration

The easiest way to register for FUBiS is by using the online registration form. You can find detailed information on how to register here.

Registration deadline is June 20, 2020.

A comprehensive overview on fees and registration can be found here.

ECTS accreditation

4 ECTS

Contact information

Email: fubis@fubis.org

Phone: +49 30 838 73 472