Spring 2019 Class ScheduleTo read course descriptions, click on the course titles below.
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|LEGAL_ST 207-0-20||Legal Studies Research Methods (taught with SOCIOL 227)||Robert L Nelson|
LEGAL_ST 207-0-20 Legal Studies Research Methods (taught with SOCIOL 227)
Legal Studies Research Methods introduces students to research methods used in interdisciplinary legal studies, including jurisprudence and legal reasoning, qualitative and quantitative social science methods, and historical and textual analysis. The course is a prerequisite for the Advanced Research Seminar in Legal Studies, 398-1, - 2, and is intended to prepare students for the design of their own research project to be conducted in 398-1, -2. Through exposure to and engagement with interdisciplinary research methods on law and legal processes, the course will provide students with a deeper understanding of law in its historical and social context. The course will provide students with a set of research tools with which to conduct research on legal institutions. The course builds on content from Legal Studies 206, a prerequisite for 207. While part of the Legal Studies major sequence, the course will enrich the analytic skills of students from many fields who are interested in law or in interdisciplinary research methods. (Pre-Req: Legal_St 206 "Law & Society")
|LEGAL_ST 330-0-20||U.S. Refugee Policy & Localities (also POLI SCI 330)||Galya Ben-Arieh|
LEGAL_ST 330-0-20 U.S. Refugee Policy & Localities (also POLI SCI 330)
|LEGAL_ST 340-0-20||Gender and the Law (also GNDR_ST 340)||Evelyn Atkinson|
LEGAL_ST 340-0-20 Gender and the Law (also GNDR_ST 340)
This course is intended as a survey of how law has reflected and created distinctions on the basis of gender and sexuality throughout American history. We'll look at legal categories of gender and sexuality that have governed (and, often, continue to govern) the household (including marriage, divorce, and custody), the economy (including employment, property, and credit), and the political sphere (including voting, jury service, and citizenship). Throughout the course, we will examine the relationship between legal rules and social conditions, and discuss how various groups have challenged these legal categories.
|LEGAL_ST 350-0-20||Psychology and the Law (taught with PSYCH 340)||Sara Broaders|
LEGAL_ST 350-0-20 Psychology and the Law (taught with PSYCH 340)
|LEGAL_ST 376-0-20||From Colonists to Capitalists: Law and the American Economy, 1700-Present||Justin Simard|
LEGAL_ST 376-0-20 From Colonists to Capitalists: Law and the American Economy, 1700-Present
In the United States the legal profession exerts tremendous economic and political power, and there are more lawyers per capita than in any other country. This seminar examines the roots of the relationship between law, lawyers, and American commerce. It will explore the law of debt, slavery, injury, and intellectual property, and examine how the law and the lawyers who applied it structured the American economy. The seminar will also explore what a law-driven economy meant for its participants, from debtors and slaves to inventors and CEOs. The seminar will give students a new, critical perspective on debates over the role of finance, corporations, and regulation in American economic life.
|LEGAL_ST 376-0-20||Law and Slavery||Justin Simard|
LEGAL_ST 376-0-20 Law and Slavery
Law played a critical role in creating and perpetuating American slavery. This seminar examines the origins and development of the laws that built and sustained a slave society. It will explore the legal efforts that slaveowners made to protect their property and the role of judges and lawyers in treating people as property. This seminar will also examine resistance to slavery through the legal system, following abolitionists, politicians, and slaves themselves as they attempted to make a legal case for freedom. Students will learn the fundamental role that the law of slavery played in the development of the United States and gain a critical perspective on a legal system that helped sustain a vicious institution.
|LEGAL_ST 376-0-22||Housing Inequality and the Law||Anna Reosti|
LEGAL_ST 376-0-22 Housing Inequality and the Law
This course will explore the role of law in shaping contemporary housing crises related to two broad issues in the United States: the acute shortage of affordable housing, particularly for renters, and the persistence of racial and ethnic residential segregation and housing discrimination.
|LEGAL_ST 376-0-23||Native American Religious Freedom (also RELIGION 379)||Sarah Dees|
LEGAL_ST 376-0-23 Native American Religious Freedom (also RELIGION 379)
This course examines Native American religious freedom in U.S. history. We will examine treaty rights, federal Indian policies, court cases, and acts meant to protect American Indian religions. The course will attend to the definitions of "religion" and "religious freedom" and consider historical and contemporary case studies related to the regulation of Indigenous cultures and ceremonies.
|LEGAL_ST 376-0-24||Activism and Lawmaking in the U.S. (also SOCIOL 392)||Joshua Basseches|
LEGAL_ST 376-0-24 Activism and Lawmaking in the U.S. (also SOCIOL 392)
This seminar focuses on strategic considerations for social movement activists seeking to effect meaningful policy change. The central theme will be political power – what are its bases and how is it mediated by policymaking institutions in the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government? Given the obstacles to social movement influence in the policymaking process, how can activist strategies be modified to overcome these other, formidable sources of political power?
|LEGAL_ST 376-0-25||Guns in the United States (also SOCIOL 376-0-21)||Andrew Papachristos|
LEGAL_ST 376-0-25 Guns in the United States (also SOCIOL 376-0-21)
This course explores the multifaceted role guns play in the U.S. by surveying historical, sociological, psychological, legal, and political research. From a firm foundation of the historical and constitutional origins of the 2nd amendment, the course will focus on a range of topics around Guns in America, including: the prevalence and distribution of guns; attitudes and opinions about gun ownership, possession and use; illegal and legal gun markets; gun crime and injuries; and the varieties of responses to gun injuries and crime, including, importantly the legislative and political processes that attend their development.
|LEGAL_ST 394-LK-20||Human Rights & US Refugee Law||William Schiller|
LEGAL_ST 394-LK-20 Human Rights & US Refugee Law
The objectives in this course are: 1) to learn about international human rights conditions and refugee law mechanisms in the United States, through ongoing research related to asylum claims that will be presented at the end of the quarter in a trial; and 2) to become familiar with the diverse work of refugee-related professionals, including individuals who perform documentation-gathering, advocate for legal and public policy, and provide health care for asylum-seekers in the United States. In this class, you will be introduced to fundamental tenets of international human rights law and its domestic counterpart, U.S. asylum law. You will build upon this foundation for the remainder of the course by researching two asylum claims involving refugees from two countries, which you will present in mock hearings at the end of the course.