International Master’s in Sociology of Law
The International Institute for the Sociology of Law is the home of the international law and society community. We offer an International Master’s in Sociology of Law, which is the most comprehensive course of its kind.
The delivery of the course is unique, in that leading international specialists travel to the Institute in order to teach. Class size is limited to 20. Our students come from diverse backgrounds, and to date we have had students from 55 different countries.
The course is a 12 month programme consisting of 13 coursework units, each lasting 2 weeks. Students then complete a research dissertation. The course is taught entirely in English.
Scholarships are available Webpage: http://www.iisj.es
Email : [email protected]
/ Phone number : + 34 943 78 30 64
Deadline: Applications for the programme and for scholarships are due 19th February 2014. Application forms available from the website.
Why study at the International Institute of Sociology of Law?
• Our International Masters in Sociology of Law is recognised as one of the most comprehensive programme of its kind.
• Well-established international reputation. The programme is in its 24th year. Previous graduates are among the leading scholars and practitioners in sociology of law.
• Scholarships are available. We offer a limited number of scholarships to assist students who could not otherwise afford to study on the programme.
• You will be taught by leading international experts who travel specially to Oñati for the programme. The delivery of the programme is unique in that the programme is taught by leading researchers in sociology of law from around the world.
• The programme covers the major substantive issues and debates concerning sociology of law, including theoretical perspectives as well as research methods.
• Small class size. Class numbers are limited to 20.
• Quality of students. The programme has an international reputation for attracting the highest quality of students from all around the world. A high proportion of our students continue onto PhD programmes.
• Diversity of students. Our students come from a wide range of cultural and disciplinary backgrounds. We accept students from with good first degrees in law, sociology and other social sciences (eg geography, political science, economics, psychology, journalism, cultural studies, criminology, philosophy, etc.).
• Connection to the international community of socio-legal scholars. The IISJ is the home of the international socio-legal community. Scholars regularly visit Oñati to use our library, we run a series of highly innovative workshops and conferences, and host the World Consortium of Law and Society associations. Students have the opportunity to engage with leading researchers, participate in our other activities, and become part of this influential network.
• Access to the best socio-legal library in the world. The IISJ is home to a famous multi-language library and document centre. Researchers from around the world travel to Oñati specifically to use our library.
• PhD opportunities. The IISJ is part of the Renato Treves Doctorate programme in law and society at the University of Milan. Our graduates can also register directly into the PhD programmes in Sociology of Law at the University of the Basque Country, and at the Centro de Estudos Sociais at the University of Coimbra. We provide support for applying for PhD funding.
• Publishing opportunities. You are able to write your Masters dissertation in the format of a journal article, and part of the teaching programme focuses on the process of publication. Our best students are invited to submit their dissertations to our own international peer-reviewed journal.
• The Basque Country. The IISJ was first established as a collaboration between the Basque government and the International Sociological Association. Oñati provides the perfect atmosphere in which to engage in the rigorous programme.
What is the programme?
* A one-year programme (60 ECTS)
* Thirteen two week courses from September to March (40 ECTS)
* Master Thesis (Research Project) from April to September (20 ECTS)
* The programme is taught entirely in English
*Accredited by the UPV/EHU in cooperation with the Università di Milano
* The MA is both a recognised self-standing qualification, and is also accepted as a foundation for PhD research by universities all over the world.
List of courses – 2013-14 MASTER’S PROGRAMME
Teaching Period Credit Title of the course
* 23 - 27 Sept. ‘13 - Rhetoric, Communication, Negotiation (Ulrike Schultz – Fern Universität)
* 1 - 11 October ‘13 (3 ECTS) - Comparative Legal Culture (Joxerramon Bengoetxea, Universidad del País Vasco)
* 14 – 25 October ‘13 (3 ECTS) - Socio-Legal Research Theory and Practice: Quantitative Methods (Herbert Kritzer, University of Minnesota)
* 28 Oct. – 8 Nov. ‘13 (3 ECTS) - Theories and Approaches to the Sociology of Law (Alfonso Morales, University of Wisconsin)
* 11 – 22 Nov. ‘13 (3 ECTS) - International Criminology: Globalisation, Crime and Justice (Stephen Tomsen, University of Western Sydney)
* 25 Nov. - 5 Dec. ’13 (3 ECTS) - Socio-Legal Research Theory and Practice: Qualitative Methods (Maggie Walter, University of Tasmania)
* 9 - 20 December ‘13 (3 ECTS) - New Issues in Socio-Legal Studies (Andrew James Harding, National University of Singapore)
* 7 – 17 January ‘14 (3 ECTS) - Professional Actors of the Legal System: Judges, Lawyers and Scholars (Rogelio Pérez Perdomo, Venezuela / Stanford)
* 20 – 31 January ‘14 (3 ECTS) - Law and Anthropology (Martin Ramstedt, Max Plank Institute for Social Anthropology)
* 3 - 14 February ‘14 (3 ECTS) - Sociolegal perspectives on housing law (Caroline Hunter, York University, UK)
* 17 – 28 Februar. ’14 (3 ECTS) - Gender and the Law (to be confirmed)
* 3 – 14 March ‘14 (3 ECTS) - Sociology of Litigation (Lynn Mather, University at Buffalo Law School)
* 17 – 28 March ‘14 (3 ECTS) - Human Rights and Cultural Relativism (Nkoli Aniekwu, University of Benin)
September 2013 - April 2014 - Thesis Seminar & Tutorials (Oñati IISL Scientific Director and Visiting Fellows)
Research Project & Master’s Thesis (20 ECTS)
Candidates must have a University degree in sociology, law, social sciences and/or in another discipline related to Sociology of Law. Undergraduates in their final year may be admitted on the basis of their anticipated results, but they must already have been awarded their first degree diploma by the time the Master's course beginsApplicants must have a good working knowledge of English, reading and writing as well as spoken.