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October 10, 2016 at 11:38 pm

Spring 2017 | Making and Breaking the Law Theme Highlights Exciting Courses

The Center for Law, Justice, & Culture welcomes students of all majors to sign up for the many exciting Making and Breaking the Law theme courses in Spring 2017.

Please contact theme leader Haley Duschinski for more information about the theme and to receive a poster listing all Making and Breaking the Law courses in Spring 2017.

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LJC 2000: Core Course for Certificate in Law, Justice, & Culture

Dr. Kevin Uhalde, Associate Professor of History

M 6:05-8:50

This course is offered to students accepted into the Law, Justice, and Culture certificate program. It is a mandatory seminar taught annually in the spring. This course exposes students to socio-legal study from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students learn about the intersection of law, justice, and culture with readings in anthropology, criminology, history, interdisciplinary arts, political science, social work, and sociology.

AAS 1900: Difficult Dialogues: Race, Law and Religion in America

Dr. Craig Jenkins, Professor of Business

TuTh 10:30-11:50

Students in this problem-based discussion and writing course examine race in America through the lenses of law and religion. The course is intended to create an environment where sensitive issues may be discussed with respect for different viewpoints.

COMS 3601: Courtroom Rhetoric

Dr. Thomas Costello, Professor of Communications

MWF 2:00-2:55

This course critically examines the history and current communication practices in a legal setting. The goal is to explore the successful and unsuccessful styles and methods of courtroom communication and how they impact the outcome in both a trial and appeal setting. The objectives and outcomes of this course are to:

  • Understand the legal system and how different methods of communication apply to the various legal forms.
  • Provide students the forum to practice and develop their communication skills in an actual legal setting.
  • Expose students to the many opportunities within the legal profession.

Class discussion and participation is key, and small group discussion and team work are an integral part of the classroom experience. The course is open to all juniors and seniors.

HIST 3520: Roman Law and Society (2CP) 

Tier II Cross-Cultural Perspectives

Dr. Kevin Uhalde, Associate Professor of History

MW 3:05-4:25

This course serves as an introduction to Roman law, interpretation of legal sources, and especially the role of law in Roman society and culture. Students examine the nature of different types of legal evidence and how this affects our interpretation of the purpose and effectiveness of law.

POLS 4010: American Constitutional Law

Dr. Kathleen Sullivan, Associate Professor of Political Science

TuTh 9:00-10:20

In this course, students study the politics of American constitutional law through the study of Supreme Courts cases and other public documents. This course is open to all students who have taken POLS 2200: Politics of Law.

POLS 4555: Transitional Justice

Dr. Rosemary Nagy, Visiting Professor of Political Science

TuTh 10:30-11:50

This course examines transitions from mass atrocities or war in conflict to peace and democracy and the measures that are needed for this transition, including transitional justice, truth commissions, and reparations. The course is open to all juniors and seniors.

POLS 4770: Legal Theory and Social Problems

Dr. Susan Burgess, Professor of Political Science

MW 3:05-4:25

This course deals with the examination of legal reasoning and normative values of judges, lawyers, and legal theorists, in shaping legal solutions to contemporary social problems. The course is open to all students who have taken nine credit hours in Political Science.

POLS 4751: Critical Race Theory

Dr. Kirstine Taylor, Assistant Professor of Political Science

MW 4:30-5:50

In this course, students examine and analyze race and racism from a critical and politicized perspective, causing them to think in new ways about modern day racism and how challenge the widespread prevalence of racism. The course is open to all students who have taken six credit hours of coursework in either African American Studies, Political Science, or Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.

SOC 3600: Criminology

Dr. Kelly Faust, Assistant Professor of Sociology

TuTh 10:30-11:50

This course examines theories and research in criminal behavior and societal reaction to criminality. The course is open to all students who have taken SOC 2600: Criminal Justice.

SOC 4620: Sociology of the Courts

Dr. Ursula Castellano, Associate Professor of Sociology

TuTh 3:05-4:25

This course introduces students to a sociological perspective on the importance and impact of the court system in American society, within which students examine structural and cultural aspects of the court in addition to how court officials move cases to various outcomes. The course is open to students who have taken nine hours in Sociology, including SOC 1000.

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