Fall 2019

Law and Disorder

Listed in: Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, as LJST-162


Mona Oraby (Section 01)


Law takes many forms. Traversing social norms, statutory controls, constitutional provisions, international covenants, and enforcement mechanisms, law suffuses countless arenas simultaneously. Where there is law, order and disorder also thrive in unpleasant company. But what order does law ensure? And what kinds of disorder does law generate? Employing a global approach to the study of law in society, this course examines five domains of human experience (caste, revolution, desire, war, and indigeneity) that law organizes as well as five figures (the convert, the revolutionary, the queer, the terrorist, and the native) that challenge its regulatory logic. The course addresses the ways social actors harness law’s organizational power. We will examine the social life of law in postcolonial, neocolonial, and imperial contexts.

Limited to 40 students. Limited to first-year students. Fall semester. Assistant Professor Oraby.

If Overenrolled: Priority will go to First Years and LJST majors


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019