March 20, 2017 at 10:18 pm

Fall 2017 | Making and Breaking the Law Theme Highlights Exciting Fall 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 Fall 2017.

Making and Breaking the Law logoPlease 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 Fall 2017.

CAS 2500: Breaking the Law

Dr. Haley Duschinski, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Dr. Bruce Hoffman, Associate Professor of Sociology

Dr. Marina Peterson, Associate Professor of Performance Studies

T,Th 1:30-2:50 p.m.

This team-taught interdisciplinary course examines the complexities of law, justice, social change, human rights, globalization, and technology in the 21st century. It is open to freshmen and sophomores in any major, with no prerequisites. The 4-credit course satisfies Tier II Social Science or Humanities requirements.

PHIL 4420: Philosophy of Law

Dr. Alyssa Bernstein, Associate Professor of Philosophy

W,F 10:30-11:50 a.m.

This course entails the consideration of nature and justification of law and examination of some specialized topics in philosophy of law, including ascription of responsibility, civil disobedience, theories of punishment, liberty, etc. The theme this semester will be: Free Speech, Protest, and Civil Disobedience. Professor Bernstein is willing to waive course requirements on a case by case basis.

PBIO 2050: Biotechnology: From the Lab to Daily Life

Dr. Zhihua Hua, Assistant Professor of Environmental and Plant Biology

M,W,F 2:00-2:55 p.m.

What is biotechnology? This course includes information about research findings and their applications to the field, the marketplace and daily life. The course covers the basic biological principles behind biotechnology from brewing to genetically modified organisms (GMO). Learn about what happens in the research lab and how that translates to daily life. This course introduces students not only to the science but also to the public debate surrounding these issues.

AAS 3680: African American Political Thought

Dr. Daniel Moak, Assistant Professor of African American Studies

M,W 4:35-5:55 p.m.

This course examines the basic tenets of black political thought and intellectual history in the United States from 1830 to 2000. This course investigates the influences of political thinkers of African descent who shaped several social and political movements and theories, including Progressivism, liberalism, Marxism, Black Nationalism, feminism & womanism, existentialism, and anti-colonialism.

GEOG 3460: Environmental Law

Michael Hollingsworth, Visiting Assistant Professor of Geography

Tu,Th 4:35-5:55 p.m.

This course covers legal aspects of both individual environmental and societal environmental rights and duties with respect to constitution, private property, nuisance, negligence, statutes, regulatory agencies, and court decisions. Emphasis is on case study of federal, state, and local laws that shaped existing law and those that are likely to shape future legislative and administrative action.

POLS 2200: The Politics of Law

Dr. Jennifer Fredette, Associate Professor of Political Science

Tu,Th 9-10:20 a.m.

This course introduces the study of law as a political process with special emphasis on courts, legal ideologies, violence, and the mobilization of rights claims in social and political conflict.

POLS 4902: Special Topics in Law and Politics — Law and Colonialism

Dr. Jennifer Fredette, Associate Professor of Political Science

Tu,Th 10:30-11:50 a.m.

This course provides an in-depth exploration of a special topic in the study of law and politics. It includes exposure to advanced research, key concepts, theoretical debates, and/or methodological concerns with respect to the study of the politics of law in domestic and global settings.

PSY 3520: Social Psychology of Justice

Sandra Hoyt, Senior Lecturer

Tu,Th 9-10:20 a.m.

This course covers theory and research on the interface of psychology and the legal system (with an emphasis on social psychology). Specific topics include dilemmas faced by psychologists in the legal system; legality vs. morality; the socialization, training, and ethics of lawyers and police; perception memory and error in eyewitness testimony; hypnosis; lie detection and confessions; rights of victims and accused; rape and rapists; arrest and trial; jury selection; jury dynamics and deliberations; insanity and the prediction of dangerousness; sentencing; death penalty; rights of special groups; theories of crime.

SOC 4620: Sociology of the Courts

Dr. Ursula Castellano, Associate Professor of Sociology

M,W,F 3:05 -4:25 p.m.

This course is designed to introduce students to a sociological perspective on the importance and impact of the court system in American society. It examines the court’s structural and cultural features as well as how court officials create and move cases through to various institutional outcomes.

SOC 3660: Punishment and Society

Dr. Nicole Kaufman, Associate Professor of Sociology

M,W,F 2-2:55 p.m.

This course provides an examination of the history, operation, and problems of punishment. Patterns of prison organization, inmate group structure, personnel organization, and racism are examined. Purpose and effectiveness of penal institutions are described. Prisons, juvenile institutions, parole, halfway houses, and alternatives to punishment are studied.


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