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    Law and Social Change

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    Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

    79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor 
    New York, NY 10003 
    Phone: 212.229.5150 or 
    Fax: 212.229.5355

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    Sandipto Dasgupta

    Assistant Professor, Politics
    Program Director, Law and Social Change


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  • In the Law and Social Change minor, you learn how law can be employed as an instrument of social change. You examine how law and legal institutions exert power and control, how the law produces systemic forms of harm, and how law can be a mode of democratic transformation.

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    Moving beyond the technical jargon typical of legal education, the Law and Social Change minor is designed to demystify the law. Students are introduced to the world of law in the context of a socially and critical conscious liberal arts education. Learn how the law is relevant to your real life experiences and other scholarly interests, and deepen your understanding of how law can be challenged and used to address and undo harm. Law and Social Change minors have the opportunity to engage with activist legal practices in New York City.

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    Connecting to New York City

    While it offers the atmosphere and intimacy of a small college, Eugene Lang College is part of The New School, a major progressive university in New York City. Our location in the heart of Greenwich Village allows Law and Social Change minors opportunities to engage with legal activist practices in New York City. The city and The New School become your laboratories in which you examine and address contemporary legal challenges. 

    Career Paths

    Law and Social Change minors learn concepts in key domains upon which they can build as they pursue careers with nonprofit organizations and advanced study in fields such as constitutional law, criminal justice, and property law. They become familiar with practitioners and organizations pursuing legal strategies in the context of contemporary social movements.

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  • Courses

    Explore a selection of courses available to you in this program.

    • This course provides an understanding of the constitutional and statutory rules that govern the United States’ criminal justice system. The US constitutional system attempts to balance many complicated and often conflicting concerns. The Constitution has several amendments specifically designed to p...

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    • Starting with the publication of its very first colonial newspaper, U.S. journalism has actively promoted -- and even organized and led -- identity-based discrimination and violence in our country. This reading-intensive course outlines this history, and situates contemporary U.S. journalism within ...

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    • In this course, students will review the main categories and concepts in International Law, incorporating decolonial, anti-racist, feminist, and anti-capitalist theories to the legal framework. The aim will be to critically analyze and to historically contextualize the political, moral, and ideologi...

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