Legal Syllabus - INTRODUCTION TO LEGAL STUDIES (LEGAL 250)...

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1INTRODUCTION TOLEGALSTUDIES(LEGAL250)COURSESYLLABUSFALL2016Instructor:Professor CollinsOffice:Thompson Hall 328Office Hours:12:30-2:00 Tuesdays and Thursdays and by appointmentE-mail:[email protected]Full-Class Meetings:Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00-5:15PM, Thompson Hall Room 102Section Meetings:01AA, Mondays 9:05-9:55AM, Dickinson Hall Room 11201AB, Fridays 9:05-9:55AM, Dickinson Hall Room 11201AC, Mondays 10:10-11:00AM, Dickinson Hall Room 11201AD, Fridays 10:10-11:00AM, Dickinson Hall Room 11201AE, Mondays 12:20-1:10PM, Dickinson Hall Room 11201AF, Fridays12:20-1:10PM, Dickinson Hall Room 11201AG, Fridays 10:10-11:00AM, Dickinson Hall Room 21601AJ, Fridays 11:15AM-12:05PM, Dickinson Hall Room 11201AK, Fridays 12:20-1:10PM, Dickinson Hall Room 21201BA, Fridays 11:15AM-12:05PM, Dickinson Hall Room 21601BB, Fridays 1:25-2:15PM, Dickinson Hall Room 11201BC, Fridays 2:30-3:20PM, Dickinson Hall Room 112Graduate Teaching AssistantsZachary AlbertDavid BarneyOffice: Machmer Hall E-24Office: Machmer Hall E-24Office Hours: Wednesdays 11:00AM-1:00PMOffice Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30-3:30PME-mail:[email protected]E-mail:[email protected]Sections: 01AG, 01AJ, 01BBSections: 01AB, 01AD, 01AFBryce McManusAmber VayoOffice: Thompson Hall 512Office: Thompson 536Office Hours: Wednesdays 11:30AM-1:30PMOffice Hours: Mondays 1:30-2:30PM and ThursdaysE-mail:[email protected]2:30-3:30PMSections: 01AK, 01BA, 01BCE-mail:[email protected]Sections: 01AA, 01AC, 01AEUndergraduate Teaching AssistantWillow RossE-mail:[email protected]
2COURSEOVERVIEWTraditional 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 differentapproach by providing an interdisciplinary exploration of law’s relationship to contemporary society. To dothis, we will consider how law shapes, and is shaped by, the social, political, and cultural contexts in which itexists. We will examine a host of topics, including the following: What is law? Who makes law? How dojudges make decisions? What is law’s relationship to society? How are laws enforced? Can law changesociety? How does law treat issues of race and ethnicity, social class, gender, sexual orientation, andnationality? How is law represented in popular culture?LEARNINGGOALSThis course is intended to foster analytical and critical skills and to discuss broad, interdisciplinary questionsof individual responsibility, social morality, and justice, preparing students for a lifetime of learning aboutand questioning the role of law in society. The readings, lectures, films, class discussion, papers, quizzes, andexaminations are designed to meet core general education goals, including:addressing fundamental questions, ideas, and methods of analysis in the social sciencesusing analytical, quantitative, qualitative, and critical thinking to frame questions, synthesizeinformation, and develop awareness of the relationships among culture, self, and others

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