1 INTRODUCTION TO LEGAL STUDIES (LEGAL 250) COURSE SYLLABUSSPRING 2015 Instructor: Professor Collins Office: Thompson Hall 328Office Hours: 9:00-10:30 Tuesdays and Thursdays and by appointment E-mail: [email protected]Full-Class Meetings:Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30PM-3:45PM, Goessmann Laboratory Room 64 Section Meetings: 01AA, Mondays 9:05AM-9:55AM, Dickinson Room 206 01AB, Fridays 9:05AM-9:55AM, Dickinson Room 206 01AC, Mondays 10:10AM-11:00AM, Dickinson Room 206 01AD, Fridays 10:10AM-11:00AM, Dickinson Room 206 01AE, Mondays 12:20PM-1:10PM, Dickinson Room 206 01AF, Fridays 12:20PM-1:10PM, Dickinson Room 206 01AG, Fridays 11:15AM - 12:05PM, Dickinson Room 206 01AJ, Fridays 1:25PM - 2:15PM, Dickinson Room 206 01AK, Fridays 2:30PM - 3:20PM, Dickinson Room 206 Graduate Teaching Assistants Katie Boom Usmaan FarooquiOffice: Machmer Hall E-24 Office: Thompson Hall 502 Office Hours: Tuesdays 11:30-1:30 Office Hours: Thursdays 12:00-2:00 E-mail: [email protected]E-mail: [email protected]Sections: 01AB, 01AD, 01AG Sections: 01AA, 01AC, 01AE Blair HarringtonOffice: Thompson Hall 530 Office Hours: Thursdays 12:00-2:00 E-mail: [email protected]Sections: 01AF, 01AJ, 01AK Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Holli Selman E-mail: [email protected]COURSE OVERVIEWTraditional approaches to studying the law, such as those found in law schools, use a vocational perspective, emphasizing skills like advocating for a client or drafting a legal document. This class takes a different approach by providing an interdisciplinary exploration of law’s relationship to contemporary society. To do this, we will consider how law shapes, and is shaped by, the social, political, and cultural contexts in which it exists. We will examine a host of topics, including the
2 following: What is law? Who makes law? How do judges make decisions? What is law’s relationship to society? How are laws enforced? Can law change society? How does law treat issues of race and ethnicity, social class, gender, sexual orientation, and nationality? How is law represented in popular culture? LEARNING GOALSThis course is intended to foster analytical and critical skills and to discuss broad, interdisciplinary questions of individual responsibility, social morality, and justice, preparing students for a lifetime of learning about and questioning the role of law in society. The readings, lectures, films, class discussion, papers, quizzes, and examinations are designed to meet core general education goals, including: addressing fundamental questions, ideas, and methods of analysis in the social sciences using analytical, quantitative, qualitative, and critical thinking to frame questions, synthesize information, and develop awareness of the relationships among culture, self, and others communicating orally and in writing, working in groups, and developing information and technological literacy applying these methods of analysis to real world problems This course fulfills both the Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB) and the United States Social and Cultural Diversity (U) general education requirements.