Law and Society Major & Minor

Law and Society is the study of the place of law in social, political, economic and cultural life. As an interdisciplinary liberal arts program, the proposed Law and Society major encompasses many diverse disciplines of study, among them anthropology, history, linguistics, philosophy, political science, and sociology. It introduces students to different facets of law and the role of law in society through the ages.

Laws are fundamental to any successful society. Throughout history, as communities and countries have struggled to create and nurture robust economies and higher standards of living for their citizens, social and legal institutions have been essential to their efforts. Law and Society is the study of how legal and social systems are interconnected, how people live and how law is woven into communities. Students gain an understanding of what happens when legal innovations and institutions succeed and when they fail.

This inter-disciplinary Major program is offered to candidates for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts. It is offered in conjunction with a major or a minor in a single discipline. In order to be awarded a B.A. with a Major in Law and Society, candidates must complete all the requirements of the B. A. (see Faculty of Arts – Degree Regulations in the MUN Calendar). 

Students wishing to declare a Major or Minor in Law and Society should consult the Program Manager, Renée Shute. Information on declaring a program of study in the Faculty of Arts is available on the Faculty of Arts iDeclare page.

As is the case with any inter-disciplinary program, it will be the students’ responsibility to ensure that they have the necessary prerequisites to complete the program.

New Course

Linguistics 3220 - Linguistics and the Law is an overview of the many relationships between linguistics and the judicial process. Topics to be covered include: the language of legal texts, trademark, copyright, treaties and contract law, and the Plain English movement; language use in legal settings (such as eyewitness testimony, jury instructions, and the language of lawyer-client interatcions); the legal disadvantages which language may impose on speakers of minority languages and non-standard dialects; the discipline of forensic linguistics (which deals with such issues as voice and authorship identification, and linguistic interpretation of advice). PR: LING 1100 or LING 2100 or LWSO 1000


Renee Shute
Office: AA 4080
Phone: 864-7454


Dr. Osvaldo Croci (Political Science)