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March 20, 2017 at 10:49 pm

Fall 2017 | Interdisciplinary Course on Law and Justice in the 21st Century

The Center for Law, Justice & Culture offers a special team-taught interdisciplinary seminar course for the Making & Breaking the Law theme in Fall 2017.

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 also counts for the Ohio University general education Tier II Social Sciences and the College of Arts & Sciences Humanities requirements. The course is open to freshmen and sophomores in any major.

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This innovative course involves three faculty from Anthropology, Criminology, and Interdisciplinary Arts, each teaching a lecture section one day per week (90 students) and a seminar session one day per week (30 students). Class meets Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 to 2:50 p.m.

The 4-credit course also involves one hour per week of activities “Beyond the Classroom”—events designed to enhance classroom learning and promote community among all Making & Breaking the Law theme faculty and students. Events include public lectures, scholars and artists in residence, film series, workshops, and reading groups.

The course also is linked to two Center for Law, Justice & Culture learning communities. The Law, Justice & Culture learning community focuses on law from a liberal arts perspective, while the Pre-Law learning community focuses on undergraduate preparation for law school.

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

  • 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?

The course is taught by Dr. Marina Peterson, Associate Professor of Performance Studies, Dr. Bruce Hoffman, Associate Professor of Sociology-Criminology, and Dr. Haley Duschinski, Associate Professor of Anthropology.

This course provides all students, regardless of 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 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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