Course description

This course asks what law isóhow it relates both to moral concepts and to society. Students read leading legal philosophers and legal opinions in actual cases then truly argue those cases including some cases which are before the United States Supreme Court right now. Along the way the course explores how we justify and limit the assignment of criminal responsibility the death penalty a duty to rescue torture international law the concept of property race-based admissions the right to privacy (including marriage and reproductive rights as well as rights of privacy related to cell phones and computers) pornography and free speech as it relates to racism pornography political donations and disinformation. In writing assignments students assume the roles of judges or legislators. They emerge with a better understanding of their world and how to craft a persuasive argument.

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