August 18, 2015 at 5:03 pm

CLJC Offers Team-Taught Law and Justice Course CAS 2500: Breaking the Law

The Center for Law, Justice & Culture invites freshmen and sophomore students to enroll in a special team-taught interdisciplinary course in Fall 2015. Seats are still available!

CAS 2500: Breaking the Law focuses on law and justice in relation to citizenship, global affairs, human rights, public health, and science and technology. It is the gateway course for the Making & Breaking the Law theme, and it is ideal for students who are interested in law school and graduate school, and careers in law, advocacy, criminal justice, social justice, human rights, lobbying, public affairs, and other career paths.

This innovative course for freshmen and sophomores involves three faculty from Anthropology, Criminology, and Political Science, each teaching a lecture section one day per week and a seminar session one day per week. Class meets Tuesday and Thursday 1:30-2:50 p.m.

The 4-credit hour course counts for Tier II Social Science credit.

The course also involves one hour per week of activities Beyond the Classroom—events designed to enhance classroom learning and promote theme community among all Making and Breaking the Law faculty and students. Events include public lectures, scholars and artists in residence, professional development seminars, film series, workshops, and reading groups.

Through CAS 2500, students join faculty in examining some of society’s most probing questions:mabtlSQUARE

  • What is the relationship between vengeance and law?
  • How does democracy allow injustice to persist?
  • When and how do social actors break the law to seek social change?
  • Who owns our bodies and ideas?
  • Where do we draw the line between private and public?
  • Can there be global justice?

“These questions—which have been at the heart of philosophical inquiry since antiquity, and are now evolving with social and technological revolutions—are as urgent as ever,” notes Dr. Kevin Uhalde, Associate Professor of History. “Through readings and media events, lectures and seminar discussions, students learn what it means to pursue answers to these questions from different disciplinary perspectives.”

The course is taught by Dr. Kathleen Sullivan, Associate Professor of Political Science, Dr. Bruce Hoffman, Associate Professor of Sociology-Criminology, and Dr. Haley Duschinski, Associate Professor of Anthropology.

This course provides all students, regardless of their academic major, a gateway to the wide array of courses bearing on issues of law and justice that fulfill upper-level distribution requirements in the College of Arts & Sciences.

It prepares students for admission to the special Law, Justice & Culture Certificate program.

It also prepares students for special learning opportunities associated with the theme, such as Study Abroad programs, research opportunities, and Research Externships.

CAS 2500 is open to Ohio University freshmen and sophomores in any major. It can be found under the CAS prefix on the Ohio University Course Offerings website.

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