POLS 220 Introduction to Law • 5 Cr.


Explores the central role of law in economic, political, and social processes; investigates the primary types of legal actors and institutions and compares them across different national and international contexts; helps students critically interpret and evaluate legal information.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Critically assess the creation, interpretation, and enforcement of the law in different social contexts;
  • Articulate normative standards of justice that are both internal and external to the rule of law itself;
  • Evaluate and compare legal institutions and actors in different economic, political, and social contexts, both domestic and international;
  • Describe how social struggles and conflicts can be resolved through the law;
  • Perform basic legal reasoning;
  • Explain how the law protects and facilitates voluntary arrangements in a capitalist society.