Law in Society

Mailing Address: Law in Society Program
c/o Department of Sociology,
University of New Brunswick,
P.O. Box 4400, Fredericton, N.B.,
Canada E3B 5A3 
Phone (506) 453-4849
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Co-ordinator: Dr. Tia Dafnos


Consulting Committee:

  • Dr. Jason Bell (PHIL), BA (Oklahoma City), PhD (Vanderbilt)
  • Dr. Tia Dafnos (SOCI), BA (U of T) MA, PhD (York)
  • Professor Dorothy Duplessis (ADM), BComm, LLB, MBA (Dal), LLM (Lond)
  • Dr. David Hofmann (SOCI), BA (Western), MSc (Montr), PhD (Waterloo)
  • Dr. Ted McDonald, (ECON), BA (St. F.X.), MCom, PhD (Melbourne)
  • Dr. Scott Ronis, (PSYC), BA (Brandeis), MA, PhD (Missouri)

General Information

Law in Society is an interdepartmental and inter-faculty program involving the Faculties of Management and of Law, the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research and, in the Faculty of Arts, the departments of Anthropology, Classics and Ancient History, Economics, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.

Based on the premise that law and the character and quality of society are interrelated, the program offers a critical academic examination of the role of law in society and of society in law. Students will study these issues from at least three disciplinary perspectives and may include in their studies examinations of the philosophic, historic, economic, political, and social foundations of law. All of the courses explore one common theme: the connections between law and the social order.


Admission to the Law in Society Program is open to students who have successfully completed sixty credit hours toward a degree in the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Management. Students must obtain the approval of the department (Arts) or faculty (Administration) in which they major and then apply through the LWSO Coordinator for admission to the Law in Society Program. Students should apply during the registration period or immediately thereafter. With permission of the Coordinator, students may count for credit in a LWSO Program courses taken before they enter the Program. A grade of C or better is required for credit in the Law in Society program. Although not a requirement, students are encouraged to complete PHIL 1101 Critical Thinking before entry into the Program.

Programs of Study

Double Major

The Law in Society Double Major consists of 30 ch, which must include LWSO 2003 and LWSO 4003. Students will choose an additional 24 ch from the core and elective course lists. Of these, 9 ch shall be chosen from at least 2 disciplines (other than LWSO) among the core courses. Additional core courses may be counted as electives. At least 24 ch shall be upper level courses (3000 level or above). A grade of C or better is required for course credit in the Law in Society Double Major Program.

Joint Honours

Students intending to complete a Joint Honours must apply in writing to the LWSO Coordinator for admission. Normally, students wishing to complete a Joint Honours will apply prior to the start of their 3rd year and have a GPA of at least 3.3 or B+. A Joint Honours consists of 36 ch including completion of the requirements for a Double Major and completion of either (a) 6 ch of 4000 level courses from the core or elective lists, approved by the LWSO Coordinator, OR (b) completion of LWSO 5000, the Honours Thesis in Law in Society. A grade of C or better is required for course credit in the Law in Society Joint Honours Program.


The Law in Society Minor consists of 24 ch, which must include LWSO 2003. Students will choose an additional 21 ch from the core and elective course lists. Of these, 9 ch shall be chosen from at least 2 disciplines (other than LWSO) among the core courses. At least 18 ch shall be upper level courses (3000 level or above). A grade of C or better is required for course credit in the Law in Society Minor Program. 

Core and Elective Courses

Program Courses Core Courses Elective Courses
LWSO 2003 Law and Society (3 ch) ADM 3123 Business Law I (3 ch)
(UNBSJ: BA 2703)

ARTS 3000 Faculty of Arts Internship (6 ch) *Consult LWSO Coordinator

LWSO 4003 Seminar in Law and Society (3 ch) ADM 4826 Employment Law I (3 ch) ADM 3124 Aboriginal Business Law (3 ch)
LWSO 5000 Honours Thesis in Law and Society (6 ch) ANTH 4244 Political and Legal Anthropology (3 ch) ADM 3875 Labour Relations (3 ch)
CLAS 3923 Roman Law (3 ch) ADM 4125 Business Law II (3 ch)
ECON 3845 Introduction to Law and Economics (3 ch) ADM 4718 Technology, Security and Risk (3 ch)
HIST 4851 Law and War (3 ch ) ADM 4827 Workplace Health and Safety (3 ch)
PHIL 3331 Michel Foucault's Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (3 ch) ADM 4878 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (3 ch)
POLS 2202 Canadian Politics (3 ch) ANTH 3112 Drugs, Land, and Power (3 ch)
POLS 3251 Canadian Federalism (3 ch) ANTH 3523 Forensic Anthropology (3 ch)
POLS 3257 Law and Politics in Canada (3 ch) ANTH 3662 Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island (3 ch)
POLS 3845 Law and Public Policy (3 ch) CCS 3054 Crimes and Misdemeanours (3 ch) 
PSYC 3263 Psychology of Criminal Behaviour (3 ch) (UNBSJ ONLY) CCS/SOCI 3666 Icons of Non-Violence I (3 ch)
PSYC 3343 The Psychology of Crime (3 ch) CCS/SOCI 3667 Icons of Non-Violence II (3 ch)
CRIM/SOCI 1603 Introduction to Criminology (3 ch) 
CCS/SOCI 3668 Women, Creativity, and Nonviolence Across Cultures I (3 ch)
CRIM/SOCI 3613 Theories and Perspectives in Criminology (3 ch)
CCS/SOCI 3669 Women, Creativity, and Nonviolence Across Cultures II (3 ch)
CRIM/SOCI 3636 Restorative Justice (3 ch) COMS 3005 Intellectual Property and the Information Commons (3 ch) (UNBSJ)
SOCI 4336 Families, Law and Social Policy (3 ch) ECON 3905 Contemporary Issues in the Canadian Economy (3 ch)
CRIM/SOCI 4337 Legal Responses to Family Violence (3 ch) ECON 5835 Industrial Organization: Policy (3 ch)
CRIM/SOCI 4355 Sociology of Law (3 ch) FVI/CRIM/SCOI 4338 Family Law and Family Violence (3 ch)
SOCI 4383 Colonialism, Racism, and Law (3 ch) GWS 1003 Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies I (3 ch)
GWS 2003 Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies II (3 ch)
GWS 4004 Seminar in Gender and Women's Studies (3 ch)
HIST 3015 Racism in the West from Antiquity to the Enlightenment (3 ch)
HIST 3016 Racism in the West from the Enlightenment to Today (3 ch)
HIST 3144 Crime, Policing, and Punishment in Modern Europe (3 ch)
HIST 3331 Canadian Capitalism (3 ch)
HIST 3355 Nature, Culture and the Canadian Environment (3 ch)
HIST 3374 Truth & Reconciliation in Canada: Working to Overcome the Legacy of Residential Schools (3 ch)
HIST 3378 First Nations and Canadian Settler Society I: Pre-Contact to the 1876 Indian Act (3 ch)
HIST 3379 First Nations and Canadian Settler Society II: The 1876 Indian Act to the 2008 Apology for Residential Schools (3 ch)
HIST 3408 American Radicalism and Reform (3 ch)
HIST 3414 Imperial America (3 ch)
HIST 3418 North American Slavery (3 ch)
HIST 3475 Removal, Allotment, Termination, Self-Determination: American Indian Policy, 1824-2004 (3 ch)
HIST 3808 History of the Canadian Forces, 1953 - Present (3 ch)
HIST 4001 Heretics and Witches in Europe, 1350-1650 (3 ch)
HIST 4003 Women in the Early Modern Atlantic World (3 ch)
HIST 4013 The Holocaust: Victims, Perpetrators, Bystanders (3 ch)
HIST 4341 History of the Atlantic Provinces to Confederation (3 ch)
HIST 4342 History of the Atlantic Provinces after Confederation (3 ch)
HIST 4351 New Brunswick, Past into Present (3 ch)
HIST 5312 Native Peoples and Canadian and American State Policy, 1824-1982 (3 ch)
HIST 5334 Policing in Canada, 1763-present (3 ch)
PHIL 1101 Critical Thinking (3 ch)
PHIL 1201 Ethics of Life and Death (3 ch)
PHIL 3101 Introduction to Symbolic Logic (3 ch)
PHIL 3205 Contemporary Ethical Theory (3 ch)
PHIL 3262 Applied Professional Ethics (3 ch)
PHIL 3302 Later Greek Philosophy (3 ch)
PHIL 3315 Hannah Arendt and Simone de Beauvoir (3 ch)
PHIL 3601 Liberalism and Its Critics (3 ch)
POLS 2503 Women and Politics (3 ch)
POLS 3103 Rights in Conflict in North America (3 ch)
POLS 3213 Capitalism, Canada and Class (3 ch)
POLS 3217 Canadian Environmental Policy (3 ch)
POLS 3247 Trudeau's Canada (3 ch)
POLS 3415 Liberalism (3 ch)
POLS 3447 Gender, Race, and Global Politics (3 ch)
POLS 3461 Politics and Policy Analysis (3 ch)
POLS 3614 Ethics and International Politics (3 ch)
POLS 3718 International Security in Theory and Practice (3 ch)
POLS 4516 Contentious Politics (3 ch)
POLS 4735 Theories of the Policy Process (3 ch)
PSYC 3743 Drugs and Behaviour (3 ch)
(UNBSJ: PSYC 2752)
(UNBF: formerly PSYC 3023)
CRIM/SOCI 2015 Introduction to Canadian Criminal Justice System (3 ch)
CRIM/SOCI 2563 Violence and Society (3 ch)
CRIM/SOCI 2575 Terrorism (3 ch)
CRIM/SOCI 2603 Sociology of Deviance (3 ch)
(UNBSJ: SOCI 2603)
CRIM/SOCI 2613 Youth Justice (3 ch)
CRIM/SOCI 2663 Social Perspectives in Victimology (3 ch) 
SOCI 3006 Intervention Strategies and Programs for People who Batter (3 ch)
SOCI 3007 Religion and Family Violence (3 ch)
CRIM/SOCI 3383 Punishment and Prisons (3 ch)
CRIM/SOCI 3385 Sociology of Policing & Security (3 ch)
SOCI 3605 International Human Rights (3 ch)
CRIM/SOCI 3623 White Collar Crime (3 ch)
CRIM/SOCI 3634 Violence Against Women (3 ch)
SOCI 3635 Conflict Resolution (3 ch)
CRIM/SOCI 3662 Understanding Genocide (3 ch)
CRIM/SOCI 4301 Topics in Criminology & Socio-legal Studies (3 ch)
CRIM/SOCI 4585 Organized Crime (3 ch)