Law, Social Science, or Both?
by GriffinCochrane on December 2, 2015 - 11:52pm
Law, in laments terms, is a written text entrenched in a different text telling us how to behave. This text must be followed and obeyed. This behavior is then judged then, it is decided on whether or not it is acceptable, and punishment or reward is handed out respectively. This seems very drafted; finely tuned and edited over and over, right? Well, law doesn't expressly say anything about needing to follow it to the fullest. In fact it has conditions on what to do when we can't follow it. This makes it act as more of a construct, not an actual definitive system. It has controversies like any other such as prostitution laws, abortion laws, gun control laws, Bill C51, etcetera. The only way to see the effects and therefore, solutions to controversies within law as a whole is to be looking at law a the social construct it is, through means of seeing law as a social science. It fits the definition, as it is a set of agreed upon rules made and carried out by a group of individuals. So now that law is defined as a social science, the metaphorical lenses for which social science should be established; these are sociology, psychology, and socio-economical. In terms of psychology, one can learn about the nature of how laws are crafted to have the individual want, or moreover, feel the need to follow the law. This is done through examining the individual's moral values, and their personal benefit of which side of a law they wish to be on. Then there's sociology and the values of a group of people, generally by race, gender or class. This field brings about the concepts of rights and freedoms, and civil disobedience. Rights and freedoms put forth the question of when should the law be ignored or changed based upon how a group, generally sparked by and individual, interacts with the law. Generally a religion and other belief system's interrelations are studied heavily. Civil disobedience is a concept wherein a group passively disobeys the law in order to get across the change they want to see. Finally there's socioeconomic, wherein one examines how cost efficient the law is such as the costs of jailing and judicial services. The benefits of studying law as a social science is obviously the best way to study law, as is gives one a greater amount of material with better quality then most material given by other field in which law can be studied.