Spring 2015

Social Movements and Social Change

Listed in: Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, as LJST-231

Formerly listed as: LJST-31

Moodle site: Course


David P. Delaney (Section 01)


This course examines social movements (and related phenomena) as integral elements of legal orders and as significant sources of legal transformations. Through interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and historical analyses, the course will explore the ways in which non-state actors engage formal legal institutions to shape or reform law, in order to affect the conditions of social life. Of particular interest are not merely desired changes in laws but resultant changes in the culture of law more broadly. The course will draw on a wide range of movements (historical and contemporary; “progressive” and conservative; broad-based and narrowly focused; American and non-American; local, national and global; North and South, activist and bureaucratic from “below” and from “within”; etc.) and study two or three in closer detail. The over-arching objective is to achieve a richer understanding of both the inner workings of “the law” and the dynamic life of law outside of formal institutions.

Limited to 30 students. Spring semester. Senior Lecturer Delaney.

If Overenrolled: Priority will be given to LJST majors and Amherst College students

Cost: 29.00 ?


2015-16: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2008, Fall 2010, Spring 2013, Spring 2015