Course Information
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID600016831

Programme of Study: Theory of Law and Interdisciplinary Legal Studies

Registered students: 31
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses117.5

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours2
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
  • Skills Development
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Distance learning
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
After completing their first semester of graduate study in the interdisciplinary scientific field of Sociology of Law, the students should be able to: * Apply basic sociological concepts and principles to different branches of substantive law (e.g. Family Law, Criminal Law, Commercial Law, International Law and Competition Law) * Comprehend how legal institutions influence (and how in turn they exert an influence on) the political, economic and cultural structures * To have conquered a basic level of knowledge in conducting academic research * Τo formulate research hypotheses with clarity and place these hypotheses within concrete methodological frameworks, which lead to the refinement and in-depth grasp of sociological knowledge * To develop basic skills in research and writing, through the step-by-step preparation and completion of a research paper based on bibliographic and electronic sources
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The sources of Law ~ Pluralism. Positive Law and Natural Law. A critical approach of legal state-positivism. Law as a social phenomenon, Legal Science as a social science and legal realism. Theories of social contract. The three types of legal thought: law as decision, law as rule, law as organization. The three axioms on which Sociology of Law is predicated: law exceeds its state-positivistic formal sources, legal rules do not comprise the totality of social norms, law surpasses the conscience of social actors. A comprehensive-systemic definition of law and the multiple connecting bridges between legal theory (and dogmatic legal science) and legal practice. Sociological Schools of thought (dialectics, structural-functionalism, Marxism and Conflict Theory, Max Weber's "Verstehende Soziologie", systems theory, socio-semiotics, socio-cybernetics). Application of the fundamental concepts of Sociology of Law to specific branches of Law.
Sociology of Law, Legal Sociology, Law and Society
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
Course Organization
Written assigments773.1
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. Nικ. Ιντζεσίλογλου, Κοινωνιολογία του δικαίου Έκδοση: 2η/2011 Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον Εύδοξο: 12552406 ISBN: 9789604458028 Τύπος: Σύγγραμμα Διαθέτης (Εκδότης): ΕΚΔΟΣΕΙΣ ΣΑΚΚΟΥΛΑ ΕΕ 2. Aσπ. Τσαούση, Θεσμοί, Δίκαιο και Κοινωνία: Κρίσιμες Διατομές υπό το Φως μιας Βιωματικής Θεώρησης (Αθήνα, Εκδ. Παπαζήση 2018), Κωδικός βιβλίου στον ΕΥΔΟΞΟ: 77116452, ISBN: 978-960-02-3406-0 3. Ασπ. Τσαούση, Δίκαιο και Συνεργατικότητα: Μία Nέα Προσέγγιση στην Κοινωνιολογία του Δικαίου, Αθήνα, Εκδ. Παπαζήση 2013. Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον ΕΥΔΟΞΟ: 33114225. ISBN 978-960-02-2902-8 4. Θαν. Παπαχρίστου, Κοινωνιολογία του Δικαίου, εκδ. Αντ.Ν.Σάκκουλα ΕΕ Αθήνα. Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον ΕΥΔΟΞΟ: 50660605.
Additional bibliography for study
* A.-J. Arnaud, Dictionnaire encyclopédique de théorie et de Sociologie du Droit (Paris-Bruxelles, 1988) * A.-J. Arnaud, Introduction à l’analyse sociologique des systèmes juridiques (Bruxelles: Bruylant , 1998) * Larry Cata Backer, Harmonizing Law in an Era of Globalization: Convergence, Divergence and Resistance (Carolina Academic Press 2007) * Ulrich Beck, World at Risk (Paperback, Polity 2008) * Reza Banakar and Max Travers (eds.), Law and Social Theory (2nd ed. Hart Publishing 2013) * Gráinne de Búrca, Claire Kilpatrick and Joanne Scott (eds.), Critical Legal Perspectives on Global Governance (Liber Amicorum David M Trubek) (Hart Publishing 2013) * Jean Carbonnier, Sociologie Juridique, (Paris: PUF, 1978) * Roger Cotterrell, The Sociology of Law: An Introduction (Paperback, Oxford University Press, 2d edition 2005) * M. Deflem, Sociology of Law. Visions of a Scholarly Tradition (Cambridge University Press 2008) * Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, Law after Modernity (Hart Publishing 2013) * V. Ferrari, Λειτουργίες του Δικαίου, (Θεσσαλονίκη, Eκδ. Σάκκουλα, 1992) * V. Ferrari, Developing Sociology of Law. A worldwide documentary enquiry (Milano: Dott. A. Giuffré editore, 1990) * Γεώργιος Μιχαηλίδης-Νουάρος, Ζωντανό και Φυσικό Δίκαιο, (Αθήνα, Αφοί Σάκκουλα, 1982) * Richard Nobles and David Schiff, Observing Law through Systems Theory (Legal Theory Today) (Hart Publishing 2013) *A. Javier Trevino, The Sociology of Law: Classical and Contemporary Perspectives (Law & Society) (Transaction Publishers 2008) * Reinhold Zippelius, Θεμελιώδεις έννοιες της Κοινωνιολογίας του Δικαίου (Αθήνα-Θεσσαλονίκη, Eκδ. Σάκκουλα, 2008)
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