Professor Barnett Teaches Course on Socio-Legal Research in Spain
Web Editor - Published: January 19, 2012
“The thirteen students in my course were generally engaged in the subject matter, highly motivated, and academically capable. Working with them was an absolute pleasure, especially since my course was demanding and intense,” says Professor Larry Barnett of the course he taught at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Oñati, Spain over two weeks in December.

The course taught by Barnett dealt with law-relevant quantitative research methods and data, and is part of the curriculum for a Master of Arts degree in the sociology of law. The curriculum requires completion of twelve classroom courses, each lasting two weeks, and a Master’s thesis. The degree is awarded jointly by the University of Milan and the University of the Basque Country.

“Given the nature of the Institute, the students came from a diverse set of geographically dispersed countries, but they shared one characteristic — enthusiasm and gratitude for their educational experience,” says Barnett. Several of his students, in face-to-face conversations or in email, expressed personal messages of appreciation.

“Although the two weeks in Spain were fatiguing, they were extraordinary,” he says, noting that he has accepted an invitation to teach the course again next year.

In the accompanying video, Professor Barnett discusses how the opportunity to teach the course came about, as well as offering more insight into the experience.