People & Societies Courses

People and societies are broad topics that encompass many subjects, both modern and ancient. They can include the subjects of anthropology, history, psychology, law, politics, and sociology. The study of humanity and how we develop our societies is an interesting and extensive one. In order to learn more about these topics, we have compiled both academic and practical information for the casual learner.

Understanding some of the broad trends in human history can help you see where we are as people, and where we might be going. Not only is this a fascinating field study, it can also help you understand complex subjects such as politics and international relations. Whether you are a member of the government or a private citizen, politics affects your life. If you are concerned about your tax rate, the quality of your school system, or the amount of interest you will pay on certain types of loans, you need to understand politics and how you can play a part in public policy.The study of people and societies is also a good way to become familiar with the subject of law. While the finer points of law might be the purview of professionals, having a basic knowledge of the legal system is important for everyone. Social history and anthropology can teach you how different people develop particular types of law, and learning about the law can assist you in many ways, from serving on jury duty to fighting a parking ticket to understanding the way legislation that impacts your everyday life is made.While no two societies are exactly the same, knowledge of the basic ideas that shape various cultures can help you understand the guiding principles along which most societies are governed. This will help you in many aspects of your interaction with others, from appreciating the increased diversity of our society to relating to others if you travel to foreign countries.

Learning about people and societies means nothing less than learning about the world we live in and all its aspects. Because this field contains so many topics, we have included many resources on this site, which are updated frequently to help you. These topics may also lead you to our many other subjects, such as economics, writing, and art, so learn a little more about your world today.

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82 Courses Available

11.013J American Urban History I (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

14.71 Economic History of Financial Crises (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

15.615 Law for the Entrepreneur and Manager (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

15.649 The Law of Mergers and Acquisitions (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

17.037 American Political Thought (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

17.460 Defense Politics (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

17.504 Ethnic Politics I (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

17.506 Ethnic Politics II (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

17.522 Politics and Religion (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

17.561 European Politics (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

17.565 Israel: History, Politics, Culture, and Identity (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

17.951 Special Graduate Topic in Political Science: Political Behavior (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21A.219 Law and Society (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21H.101 American History to 1865 (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21H.104J Riots, Strikes, and Conspiracies in American History (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21H.221 The Places of Migration in United States History (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21H.224 Law and Society in US History (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21H.235 Metropolis: History of New York City (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21H.411 History of Western Thought, 500-1300 (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21H.907 Trials in History (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21H.914 Jewish History from Biblical to Modern Times (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21H.991 Theories and Methods in the Study of History (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

21L.709 Studies in Literary History: Modernism: From Nietzsche to Fellini (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

24.235J Philosophy of Law (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

6.912 Introduction to Copyright Law (MIT)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Advanced Political Economy Lectures

Students Circle Network

Consideration in Contract Law

Students Circle Network

Environmental Politics and Law

Students Circle Network

International Environmental Law

Students Circle Network

Introduction to EU LAW

Students Circle Network

Introduction to Political Philosophy

Students Circle Network

Jurisdiction – Power to speak the law

Students Circle Network

Social and Political Implications of Technology

Students Circle Network

An introduction to law in contemporary Scotland

The Open University

Company law in context

The Open University

Europe and the law

The Open University

Human rights and law

The Open University

Judges and the law

The Open University

Parliament and the law

The Open University

Political ordering

The Open University

Privacy rights and the law

The Open University

Social work and the law in Scotland

The Open University

Starting with law: An overview of the law

The Open University

The politics of racial violence in Britain

The Open University

Approaches to political studies

The University of Nottingham

Consumer law

The University of Nottingham

Designing political enquiry

The University of Nottingham

Fictionalised politics: how politics and politicians are represented in the US and the UK

The University of Nottingham

Foundations for politics

The University of Nottingham

Governments and politics of the USA

The University of Nottingham

Ideas and politics in contemporary Britain

The University of Nottingham

International political economy and global development

The University of Nottingham

Introduction to European politics

The University of Nottingham

Political behaviour

The University of Nottingham

Political ideas in revolution

The University of Nottingham

Politics and drugs

The University of Nottingham

Politics in 60 seconds. Disaster politics

The University of Nottingham

Politics in 60 seconds. History and the state

The University of Nottingham

Politics, power and political economy in Latin America

The University of Nottingham

Quantitative political analysis

The University of Nottingham

Understanding global politics

The University of Nottingham

War, peace & political thought

The University of Nottingham

Why study church history?

The University of Nottingham

Why study modern church history?

The University of Nottingham

Chem 131C (Spring 2012): The Integrated Rate Law

University of California, Irvine

Classics 170A: Religion & Law in Ancient Greece

University of California, Irvine

Immigration Law Symposium

University of California, Irvine

Law as...: Theory and Method in Legal History Conference

University of California, Irvine

Political Science 126A: Mexican-Americans & Politics

University of California, Irvine

Political Science 61A: Minority Politics

University of California, Irvine

Republican Law, 1770-1830

University of California, Irvine

The Politics of Sustainability

University of California, Irvine

UCI Political Scientists Offer Perspectives on California Politics

University of California, Irvine

Electronic Transactions Law

University of Cape Town

Political Communication Postgraduate Honours Programme

University of Cape Town

Politics Writing Centre

University of Cape Town

ENGR 408 - Patent Law

University of Michigan

History 373 - History of the American West

University of Michigan

African American History II

University of Notre Dame

Crime, Heredity and Insanity in American History

University of Notre Dame

History of Ancient Rome

University of Notre Dame

Jews and Christians throughout History

University of Notre Dame