CJ103 Class Notes - Lecture 1: Laws Function and Purpose...

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Lecture 1: Law’s Function and Purpose Law is a set of Proscriptions and Prescriptions that are set for people to follow a. Proscriptions – Things individuals can’t do b. Prescriptions – Things individuals can do Culture and its discontents a. Problems a.i. Common a.ii. Persistent b. Solutions b.i. Reified b.ii. Communicated c. Culture c.i. Underpinnings c.i.1. Belief c.i.2. Values c.i.3. Norms c.ii. Mechanics c.ii.1. Symbols c.ii.2. Technology c.ii.3. Language * There are many elements that show a difference between cultures *Beliefs – talks about how the world works *Values – ideas that talk about are right and wrong *Norms – Consequences between beliefs and values *Law is nothing but manifested Norms of a culture written down on paper *Positive law – idea that law comes from culture *Natural law- says that culture is a reflection of a law outside of humans *A law doesn’t always reflect what ought to be *Symbols are abstract icons that represent abstract ideas *Law is “somehow” related to culture
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This note was uploaded on 10/16/2011 for the course CRIMINAL J 103 taught by Professor N/a during the Spring '11 term at Boise State.

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CJ103 Class Notes - Lecture 1: Laws Function and Purpose...

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