Law and Politics

Open Courseware and Resources

- Law: system of rules usually enforced through a set of institutions (Wikipedia).
- Politics: process by which groups of people make decisions (Wikipedia).

Law and Politics - Resource Page

Prime Sites

  • Internet Public Library (ipl2), Law, Government & Political Science - subject collection: Government, History of Law, Government & Political Science, Law, Government and Political Science Blogs, Law Enforcement, Political Science
  • Kent University (UK), Lawlinks - freely available websites as good starting points for legal research: UK (resources, government), International law, Special legal topics, Other jurisdictions, European Union, Human rights, Private international law, Legal profession & legal education, Further research resources
  • WWW Virtual Library, International Affairs Resources - over 2600 annotated links in a range of international affairs topics: getting started, media sources, organizations, regions & countries, topics (international business, economics, development study, work abroad, communications, religions, health, environment, peace, conflict resolution, security, law, human rights, humanitarian affairs, education, American foreign policy, languages)

Other Sites

  • infolaw (UK), Gateway to the UK Legal Web - UK legal information service: Lawfinder (access to over 100,000 UK legal resources), Resources (Blogs, Resources, Procedure, Services, Directory, World), Treaties), Solicitors, Barristers, Local Authorities, products, services
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) (UK) - politics journals
  • NELLCO Legal Scholarship Repository - provides free and persistent point of access for working papers, reports, lecture series, workshop presentations and other scholarship
  • Political Resources on the Net (IT) - Listings of political sites sorted by country with links to Parties, Organizations, Governments, Media from all around the world: International, European Union, North America, Central America/Caribbean, South America, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia/Oceania, Related sites, Elections
  • Political Science Resources (UK) - Politics and Government around the world: area studies (info on individual countries), local & regional, british politics, news & journals, constitutions, other politics websites, data archives, political parties, elections, political platforms, govt websites, political theory, international relations, political thought

Genetic Engineering and Society

examines the historical and scientific study of genetic engineering in medicine, agriculture, and law including examination of social, ethical, and legal issues raised by new technology

New Global Agenda: Exploring 21st Century Challenges through Innovations in Information Technologies

different perspectives on international politics in the 21st century, how advances in information technology are changing international relations and global governance through opening new channels of communication, creating new methods of education and new potentials for democratization, positive and negative externalities associated with applications of such technologies

Lawyers and Film

What can we learn about ourselves as lawyers from watching lawyer films?, elements of the films—story, drama, plot, character portrayal worth pursuing, mythology of lawyering, ideals associated with a life in law, critical perspectives on law, lawyers, and the legal profession, reading the films

Introduction to Political Philosophy

political philosophy as seen through an examination of some of the major texts and thinkers of the Western political tradition, the polis experience (Plato, Aristotle), the sovereign state (Machiavelli, Hobbes), constitutional government (Locke), democracy (Rousseau, Tocqueville), the way in which different political philosophies have given expression to various forms of political institutions and our ways of life are examined

Political Philosophy: Global Justice

explores the foundations and content of norms of justice that apply beyond the borders of a single state, issues of political justice, economic justice, and human rights, the case for skepticism about global justice, idea of global democracy: intellectual property rights, the nature of distributive justice at the global level, pluralism and human rights, rights to control borders, readings [Chinese version available]

Faith and Globalization

impact of religious faith in a world where political, economic, and social spheres are increasingly interconnected, Intentional and sustained reflection on crucial issues of faith and globalization

Rules, Race, and Mel Gibson

Slavoj Zizek talking about the explicit, truth, rules, politics, Mel Gibson, society, race, racism, antisemitism, lecturing and developing a psychoanalysis of culture and societies

Violence, Human Rights and Justice

examines the problem of mass violence and oppression in the contemporary world, and the concept of human rights as a defense against such abuse. It explores questions of cultural relativism, race, gender and ethnicity

African American Studies

intensive introduction to African American political thought that focuses on major ideological trends and political philosophies as they have been applied and interpreted by African Americans, debates and conflicts in black political thought, historical contest of African American social movements, discussions of the relationship between black political thought and major trends in Western thought

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