Winter 2020 Class Schedule
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Note that courses are subject to change.
|LEGAL_ST 206-0-20||Law and Society (also SOCIOL 206)||Meghan Dawe|
LEGAL_ST 206-0-20 Law and Society (also SOCIOL 206)
Law is everywhere. Law permits, prohibits, enables, legitimates, protects, and prosecutes citizens. Law shapes our daily lives in countless ways. This course examines the connections and relationships of law and society using an interdisciplinary social science approach. As one of the founders of the Law and Society movement observed, "Law is too important to leave to lawyers." Accordingly, this course will borrow from several theoretical, disciplinary, and interdisciplinary perspectives (including sociology, history, anthropology, political science, and psychology) in order to explore the sociology of law and law's role. This course introduces the relationship between social, cultural, political, and economic forces on the one hand, and legal rules, practices, and outcomes, on the other. We focus on several important questions about law including: How do culture, structure, and conflict explain the relationship between law and society? Why do people obey the law? Why do people go to court? How does the legal system work? What is the role of lawyers, judges, and juries? How does law on the books differ from law in action? How do social problems become legal ones? How can law create or constrain social change?
|LEGAL_ST 309-0-20||Political Theories of the Rule of Law (also POLI SCI 309)||Jacqueline Stevens|
LEGAL_ST 309-0-20 Political Theories of the Rule of Law (also POLI SCI 309)
Key documents and debates in the development of theories of law and jurisprudence. From Aeschylus to contemporary democratic and legal theories and major court cases on topics ranging from torture to Title IX.
|LEGAL_ST 318-1-20||Legal and Constitutional History of the United States (also HISTORY 318-1)||Joanna Grisinger|
LEGAL_ST 318-1-20 Legal and Constitutional History of the United States (also HISTORY 318-1)
This course explores some of the major questions and problems of American legal history from the colonial era to 1850. First, we will examine how and why the colonies developed their laws and legal institutions, and how these evolved over time. Next, we will explore the legal, political, and social forces that led to the American Revolution, and we will look at how Americans drew on their legal experiences in drafting a constitution. We will then examine how judicial and legislative action guided and enabled explosive economic growth in the nineteenth century. Not everyone was able to participate in the new economy, however; we will explore how the law created separate categories for women, American Indians, and African Americans that limited their participation in law, politics, and society. By the end of this course, you should be able to: read, understand, and analyze different kinds of legal texts; understand a variety of legal concepts and doctrines and their meaning in historical context; understand the distinct roles played by different actors (judges, legislatures, lawyers, litigants, voters, etc.) within the constitutional system; and make cogent, evidence-based arguments about these core themes in law and legal history.
|LEGAL_ST 331-0-20||Politics of the Supreme Court (also POLI SCI 331)||Galya Ben-Arieh|
LEGAL_ST 331-0-20 Politics of the Supreme Court (also POLI SCI 331)
|LEGAL_ST 340-0-20||Gender and the Law (also GNDR ST 340)||Stefan Vogler|
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 347-0-20||Comparative Race and Ethnicity||Shana Bernstein|
LEGAL_ST 347-0-20 Comparative Race and Ethnicity
|LEGAL_ST 376-0-20||The Crime Centered Documentary (also HUM 370-6-22, RTVF 377-0-20)||Debra Tolchinsky|
LEGAL_ST 376-0-20 The Crime Centered Documentary (also HUM 370-6-22, RTVF 377-0-20)
In this course, we will view non-fiction and hybrid films that revolve around crime, criminal justice, and criminal court cases. Our emphasis will be on cases that are either mired in controversy and/or emblematic of wider social concerns. Readings will accompany viewings and experts will weigh in with legal, philosophical or scientific perspectives: What is accurately depicted? What is omitted? What is misrepresented? Concurrently, we will investigate the films aesthetically: How is the film structured and why? What choices are being made by the filmmaker in terms of camera, sound and editing and how do these choices affect viewers? Throughout the course, we will consider the ethics of depicting real people and traumatic events. We will also look at specific films in regard to their legal or societal impact. Assignments will include a series of short response papers and a substantial final project, which can take the form of either (up to the student) a final 12-15 page paper or an 8-12 minute film. The final should center upon a legal topic. Ideas include, but are not limited to: A comparison of two films depicting the same criminal case, a polished/edited interview with a person somehow connected to a crime, an investigation of a local court or legal advocacy center. Group projects (two people max) will be allowed.
|LEGAL_ST 376-0-21||Politics of International Law (also POLI SCI 343)||Karen Alter-Hanson|
LEGAL_ST 376-0-21 Politics of International Law (also POLI SCI 343)
Non-utopian political science analysis of how law is used to promote collective goals and regulate international relations.
|LEGAL_ST 376-0-23||Law as Literature: Interpreting Jewish Law (also RELIGION 339)||Barry Wimfheimer|
LEGAL_ST 376-0-23 Law as Literature: Interpreting Jewish Law (also RELIGION 339)
Rabbinic Literature—the literature produced by rabbis who lived between the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in 70CE and the Islamic Conquest in the seventh century CE—is famous for reimagining Judaism as a law-based rather than temple-based religion, for validating contradictory legal and theological opinions, and for producing arguably the earliest set of hermeneutic rules for interpreting a canonized text. These three innovations mark Rabbinic Literature as a special site for investigating a variety of questions about legal meaning that are relevant for understanding both Jewish law and law more generally. This course will utilize rabbinic texts that discuss ethically problematic precedents in biblical law as a laboratory within which to explore such questions as the location of legal meaning, the authority of legal interpreters and the cultural impact of law.
|LEGAL_ST 376-0-24||Development of American Indian Law & Policy (also HISTORY 300-0-20)||Douglas Kiel|
LEGAL_ST 376-0-24 Development of American Indian Law & Policy (also HISTORY 300-0-20)
|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.
|LEGAL_ST 394-LK-21||Lawyering: Education and Practice||Seth Meyer|
LEGAL_ST 394-LK-21 Lawyering: Education and Practice
Attorneys are central to American life and popular culture, but the profession is undergoing dramatic change. For years, the supply of lawyers has vastly outstripped the demand for legal jobs and the resulting lawyer bubble has grown. Meanwhile, those who land law jobs have different challenges: recent surveys report many attorneys' growing disenchantment with their work and dissatisfaction with their lives. This seminar will examine the profession's multidimensional crisis. What changes occur in attorneys, both individually and systemically, emerging from law schools and finding their roles in the legal realm? Why is working within the most lucrative big firms now regarded by many as the pinnacle of private practice? What other options are available? It will explore life after law school, examining the disparate places law graduates might find themselves. The course invites prospective law students to consider their potential places, as individual lawyers, in what remains a noble profession. It also invites those students in other undergraduate disciplines who may be curious about trajectories open to them in this post-graduate academic and, ultimately, career field.
|LEGAL_ST 398-2-20||Advanced Research Seminar II||Joanna Grisinger|
LEGAL_ST 398-2-20 Advanced Research Seminar II
Legal Studies 398 is a two-quarter sequence (398-1 and 398-2) required for all Legal Studies majors. This seminar will expose students to a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to law and legal institutions; over two quarters, students will develop their own research paper on a topic of interest. During winter quarter, students will complete their research projects and present their projects to the class. Students will meet to discuss shared readings, will workshop their paper drafts with one another, will prepare oral presentations based on their research, and will meet individually with the professor and with the Graduate Teaching Fellows.