This seminar explores the apparent, and perhaps genuine, contradiction between the concepts of social order and individual freedom. An ordered society implies that people generally do what they are supposed to do when they are supposed to do it. Our casual observation of society confirms persistent patterns of human behavior. At the same time, however, most of us cling to the notion of our individual free will and our legal system as premised beyond this idea. The central question then is this: Are we truly free or do we simply follow the patterns our society has constructed for us? The questions of social order and human freedom have captured he attention of some of the greatest sociologists, philosophers, historians, and literary figures. With only slight exaggeration one might say they are the central questions of modern Western Civilization. This course provides students with an introduction to this important area of human inquiry.