A non-refundable programme fee, in addition to the tuition fee, is applicable. The programme fee, which includes the social programme, is to be paid within one week after registration at the latest, along with the tuition fee.
Students from different countries, academic levels, and backgrounds who are willing to discuss various topics and perspectives with their peers
Please also visit the FUBiS *free* digital lecture series, which offers a broad overview of the programme's academic course offers: http://www.fubis.org/2_prog/online/index.html
About this course
This course explores theoretical and historical perspectives concerning the intersection of law, society, and politics. Its primary objective is to foster discussions regarding contemporary issues among students from diverse cultural backgrounds and disciplines. After an introduction to comparative law and legal culture, we will read the works of classical social theorists such as Durkheim, Weber, and Marx. We will consider their relevance in contemporary discussions surrounding morality, (dis)obedience, conflict, and property. Next, we will investigate the role and operation of law in totalitarian settings such as Nazi and Communist Germany. Finally, we will consider the difficulties that arise from these historical legacies for democracy, the rule of law, and the economy in post-totalitarian societies. In this context, we will examine the need for "transitional justice", the relationship between law and the market, and the challenges posed by freedom of speech.
Overall, the course aims to develop skills at using theory and history to inform debates on contemporary challenges, such as multiculturalism, punishment, (illegal) downloading / streaming / file-sharing, and economic development. In addition to acquiring in-depth expertise in various socio- and politico-legal fields, students will also enhance their communicative competence through participatory exercises and develop intercultural competence through engaging in discussions with other students.