Course Syllabus: Legal Studies 250 (SB, U)Introduction to Legal StudiesFall 2015Professor Lauren McCarthyE-mail:[email protected]Office:Thompson 438Office Hours: Tuesdays 2:00-4:00 p.m. and by appointmentClass Meetings:Mon. & Wed., 2:30-3:45 p.m., Hasbrouck Lab Addition Room 20Section Meetings:TA: ArdeshirMon. 9:05-9:55 a.m. (Sec. AA), Machmer Hall W-15Mon. 10:10-11:00 a.m. (Sec. AC), Machmer Hall W-15Mon. 12:20-1:10 p.m. (Sec. AE), Machmer Hall W-15TA: KiraFri. 9:05-9:55 a.m. (Sec. AB), Dickinson Hall 112 Fri. 10:10-11:00 a.m. (Sec. AD), Dickinson Hall 212Fri. 11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m. (Sec. AJ), Dickinson Hall 112TA: BryceFri. 10:10-11:00 (Sec. AG), Dickinson Hall 112Fri. 11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m. (Sec. BA), Dickinson Hall 216Fri. 12:20-1:10 p.m. (Sec. AF), Dickinson Hall 112TA: Luz Maria Fri. 12:20-1:10 p.m. (Sec. AK), Dickinson Hall 216Fri. 1:25-2:15 p.m. (Sec. BB), Dickinson Hall 112Fri. 2:30-3:20 p.m. (Sec. BC), Dickinson Hall 112**Please note that several sections meet at the same time, make sure you are going to the section you areregistered inGraduate Teaching AssistantsBryce McManusArdeshir Pezeshk E-mail:[email protected]E-mail:[email protected]Office:Thompson 512Office:Thompson 8Office Hours:Tues. 1-2 and Fri. 2-3, or by Office Hours:Wed. 12-2, or by appointmentappointmentKira TaitLuz Maria Sanchez DuqueE-mail:[email protected]Email: [email protected]Office:Machmer 306Office: Thompson 512Office Hours: Tues. 1-3, or by appointmentOffice Hours: Thurs. 2-4, or by appointment
Undergraduate Teaching AssistantDaniel MyersE-mail:[email protected]Course OverviewLegal 250 fulfills both the Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB) and the United States Social and Cultural Diversity (U) general education requirements.Law is traditionally studied vocationally. That is, students of the law often learn about it strategically, in order to eventually write legislation, advocate for a client, or decide cases. In this Gen Ed course, students will be introduced to a different way of studying law, one rooted in the interdisciplinary field of legal studies (sometimes known as “law and society”) that draws on knowledge, methodologies and critical theories from several SB disciplines. Rather than studying law as an enterprise that operates autonomously, this course introduces students to the study of law as an object that cannot be understood apart from the social, political, and cultural contexts in which it exists. As a U course, some of the contexts considered are race and ethnicity, social class, gender, sexual orientation, and nationality. With these goals in mind, this course will explore how law permeates human life and, conversely, how humanlife permeates law. The course has units that explore the following questions: What is law? How do judges make decisions? What is law’s relationship to society? How are laws enforced? Can law changesociety? How is law represented in popular culture?