Spring 2007 Legal Studies Course Offerings

Spring 2007 Legal Studies Course Offerings

Legal Studies 100B: Foundations of Law Seminar

Professor Nonet

Dates: TTh 9:30-11:00

Room: 2240 Piedmont Seminar Room

3 units, Area I

Sophocles. Prerequisites: either LS 100A or LS 114; please contact the Legal Studies advisor for a Course Entry Code. Course is cross-listed with Law 2185, and begins on Tuesday, January 9th.


Legal Studies 103: Theories of Law & Society

Professor Lieberman

Dates: MWF 11am-12pm

Room: 105 North Gate

4 units, Area I or II

(101) Tuesday, 8-9am, 50 Barrows(102) Tuesday, 9-10am, 80 Barrows(103) Thursday, 8-9am, 50 Barrows (104) Thursday, 9-10am, 80 Barrows

Surveys leading attempts to construct social theories of law and to use legal materials for systematic social theorizing, during the period from the mid-eighteenth century to the early twentieth century. The course considers major discussions of such themes as the relationships between law, politics, society and economy; the connection between historical change and legal change; the role of law in the processes of social integration and social discipline; and the distinctive elements of legal ordering in the modern west.


Legal Studies 116: Legal Discourse , 1500-1700

Professor Shapiro

Dates: TuTh 2pm-3:30pm

Room: 50 Birge

4 units, Area I or II

(101) Monday, 11am-12pm, B0056 Hildebrand (102) Monday, 12-1pm, 115 Kroeber

The course focuses on the history of legal thought and discourse from the late medieval period to the Enlightenment. Topics to be considered include the relationship between legal thought and intellectual developments and the relationship between political and constitutional developments and legal discourse. Although the emphasis is on England, there will be some consideration of differences between English and continental European legal thought.


Legal Studies 121: Law in the Bible

Professor Smith

Dates: MWF 10-11am

Room: 155 Kroeber

4 units, Area I or II

(101) W 2-3:00pm 136 Barrows (102) W 12-1:00pm

Topics include law as the divine commands, the divine ordering of the creation, God’s historical plan, wise maxims for successful living, the superseding of law by grace and divine freedom. Nearly all of the assigned readings are in the Bible.


Legal Studies 140: Property & Liberty

Professor Brown

Dates: TuTh 11:00am-12:30pm

Room: 50 Birge

4 units, Area I or III

(101) Monday, 2-3pm, 50 Barrows (102) Monday, 3-4pm, 115 Kroeber (103) Wednesday, 2-3pm, 109 Wheeler (104) Wednesday, 3-4pm, 115 Kroeber

The course will explore the relation between property law and limits of liberty in different cultures and at different times. The course will cover theories of property law, slavery, the clash between aboriginal and European ideas of property, gender roles and property rights, common property systems, zoning, regulatory takings, and property on the internet. Readings will include legal theorists, court cases, and historical case studies.


Legal Studies 147: Law & Economics II

Professor Cooter

Dates: TTh 9:30-11:00am

Room: 141 McCone

4 units, Area I or III

(101) Tuesday, 8-9am, 115 Kroeber (102) Thursday, 4-5pm, 115 Kroeber(103) Tuesday, 4-5pm, 104 Barrows (104) Thursday, 8-9am, 115 Kroeber

Microeconomic theory will be applied to government and regulation. Topics include the economic analysis of constitutional law, administrative law, regulation, corporations, and environmental law. To illustrate, the behavior of legislators who want to maximize the votes that they receive will be described and predicted. Similarly, the behavior of regulatory agencies who seek to maximize their own budgets will be predicted. The best forms of regulation will be identified assuming that parties subject to it minimize the cost of compliance, as when corporations try to satisfy environmental controls at least cost. Law & Economics I (LS 145) is not a prerequisite.


Legal Studies 160: Punishment, Culture & Society

Professor Simon

Dates: TuTh 11:00am-12:30pm

Room: 160 Kroeber

4 units, Area II or IV

(101) Monday, 1-2pm, 115 Kroeber (102) Monday, 2-3pm, 115 Kroeber(103) Wednesday, 1-2pm, 115 Kroeber (104) Wednesday, 2-3pm, 115 Kroeber

This course considers how the practice of punishing crime can be understood in terms of the larger system of social life and cultural values in which punishment occurs. In exploring the social meanings of punishment, it examines some of the major historical changes in punishment that have been introduced in America and Europe since the 18th century.


Legal Studies 163: Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice

Professor Krisberg

Dates: TTh 8-9:30am

Room: 50 Birge

4 units, Area III or IV

(101) Monday, 10-11am, 425 Latimer (102) Monday, 11am-12pm, 81 Evans(103)Tuesday, 10-11am, 221 Wheeler (104) Tuesday, 11am-12pm, 2305 Tolman — 104 canceled – (105) Wednesday, 10-11am, 115 Kroeber (106) Wednesday, 11am-12pm, 425 Latimer — 106 canceled —

This course examines the premises, doctrine, and operational behavior of juvenile courts, particularly in relation to the commission of seriously anti-social acts by mid-adolescents. Topics include the history of theories of delinquency; the jurisprudence of delinquency; the incidence and severity of delinquency; police response to juvenile offenders; the processes of juvenile courts and youth corrections; and reforms or alternatives to the juvenile court system.


Legal Studies 168: Sex, Reproduction & the Law

Professor Hollinger

Dates: TTh 9:30-11:00am

Room: 126 Barrows

4 units, Area III

(101) Monday, 8-9am, 50 Barrows (102) Monday, 9am-10am, 50 Barrows(103) Tuesday, 8-9am, 54 Barrows (104) Tuesday, 9-10am, 78 Barrows(105) Wednesday, 8-9am, 50 Barrows (106) Wednesday, 9-10am, 50 Barrows

Why and how does the State regulate sex, sexuality, and reproductive behavior? What are the personal and societal consequences of our technological capacity to separate sex from reproduction? A number of legal and social issues will be analyzed, including sterilization, access to contraception and abortion, adolescent sexuality and statutory rape, the legal status of fetuses and frozen embryos, and the parentage of children conceived through assisted reproduction.


Legal Studies 176: 20th Century American Legal & Constitutional History

Professor Sheiber

Dates: TTh 2-3:30pm

Room: 102 Wurster

4 units, Area II

(101) Monday, 2-3:30pm, 78 Barrows (102) Monday, 3-4pm, 54 Barrows (103) Wednesday, 3-4pm 80 Barrows (104) Wednesday, 2-3pm 80 Barrows

This class covers the development of American law and the constitutional system in the twentieth century. Topics include Progressive Era Regulatory policy, criminal justice and relations, freedom of speech and press, New Deal legal innovations, modern tort liability, environmental regulation, judicial reform, and federalism. It is recommended that students have completed at least one course in legal studies or political science dealing with American History or government.


Legal Studies 178: American Legal & Constitutional History Seminar

Professor McClain

Dates: W 2-4:00pm

Room: 186 Barrows

3 units, Area II

The course has two purposes: to explore in depth selected topics in American legal and constitutional history, and to help students improve their research and writing skills. Students are required to participate in class discussions and to write a substantial research paper. Students who have taken LS 177 are encouraged to enroll. Preference may be given to those students.

To receive permission to enroll, email Professor McClain (cmcclain@uclink.berkeley.edu) and include your major, whether you ve taken LS 177, and a short statement of interest in the course. He will email you back with either a Class Entry Code that allows you to register via TeleBEARS, or a message to put yourself on the waitlist. If you are instructed to put yourself on the waitlist, you will be notified during the first class meeting if you will be admitted into the course.


Legal Studies 179: Comparative Constitutional Law

Professor M. Shapiro

Dates: TTh 11am-12:30pm

Room: 390 Hearst Mining

4 units, Area II

(101) Tuesday, 2-3pm, 80 Barrows (102) Tuesday, 2-3pm, 115 Kroeber (103) Thursday, 3-4pm, 155 Barrows (104) Thursday, 3-4pm, 2304 Tolman

An examination of constitutional decision making in a number of countries based on selected high court opinion.


Legal Studies 190.1: Law and Film

Professor Sassoubre

Dates: M 2-6pm

Room: 2326 Tolman

3 units, Area I

In this seminar we will explore representations of law in 20th century American film. The themes we will address include: the asymmetry of law and justice, the relationship between law and social change, the public and private identities of lawyers, and anxiety that the rule of law fails individuals and minorities. We will also attend to the convergence of narrative and dramatic practices in legal proceedings and cinematic productions.


Legal Studies 190.2: The Supreme Court & Public Policy

Professor M. Shapiro

Dates: T 3-6pm

Room: 277 Cory

4 units, Area III or IV

A policy, as opposed to legal, analysis of a number of earlier and recent Supreme Court decisions.


Legal Studies 190.3: Topics in Justice: Punishment and Mercy, Property and Reparations

Professor Kutz

Dates: Th 4-6pm

Room: 111 Kroeber

3 units, Area I

This seminar will take up a series of related topics in political and legal philosophy, including: the relation between justice and mercy, the justification of rights, the moral importance of national borders, demands for repairing historical wrongs, whether property rights are natural or conventional, and the moral foundations of the laws of war. We will read mostly philosophical texts, including some classics (Plato, Kant, Hobbes), or excerpts thereof; but we will also read some literary works as well. Although LS 107 (Theories of Justice) is not a pre-requisite, some background in political philosophy or theory would probably helpful. Enrollment is restricted. To enroll, please contact the instructor directly by email (ckutz@law.berkeley.edu), stating in the email the basis of your interest in the course, plus any coursework or other background you have in moral, legal, or political philosophy.


Legal Studies 190.4: Basic Legal Values

Professor Dan-Cohen

Dates: T 2-4pm

Room: 104 Dwinelle

3 units, Area I

Although everyone agrees that law promotes some values, what these values are is often unclear and controversial. This is increasingly the case the more we come to recognize cultural diversity and moral pluralism faced by the law. In this seminar we will examine a number of values that have been advanced within the liberal tradition, such as well-being, autonomy, and dignity, and consider their potential role in shaping or explaining a wide range of legal disputes. The seminar will divide into two parts. In the first, we’ll get acquainted with these values in the context of the two main strands in liberal moral theory – utilitarianism and Kantianism – and consider some general issues concerning the meaning of these values and their interrelationships. The second part will consist of student presentations on specific substantive topics in which the general issues discussed in the first part arise. Enrollment is restricted. /To receive permission to enroll, email Professor Dan-Cohen (dan-cohen@law.berkeley.edu) and include your major, any philosophy coursework you’ve done, and a short statement of interest in the course. He will email you back with either a Class Entry Code that allows you to register via TeleBEARS, or a message to put yourself on the waitlist. If you are instructed to put yourself on the waitlist, you will be notified during the first class meeting if you will be admitted into the course./



Legal Studies H195 A/B: Honors Thesis

Professor none

Dates: none

Room: none

4 Units*

no sections

Legal Studies seniors with a 3.5 GPA in the major, and an overall UC GPA of 3.3 are eligible for the Legal Studies Honors Program and, if they successfully complete it, will graduate with honors in Legal Studies. Honors students must enroll in a one-semester proseminar, LS 198 in the Fall, and complete a substantial research paper under the supervision of a Legal Studies faculty member during the Spring. Normally, faculty teaching the proseminar will act as thesis supervisors. Interested students should contact the Undergraduate Advisor for details and paperwork.

CCN:see advisor for the ccn

Legal Studies 199: Independent Study

Professor none

Dates: none

Room: none

1-4 Units, P/NP

no sections

Legal Studies 199 is open to officially declared Legal Studies Seniors with a 3.0 GPA in the major. Independent study is a research paper the student produces under the direction of a faculty member. In order to enroll, the student must develop a proposal and find a Legal Studies faculty member who is willing to serve as director. Ideally, the student should have already taken at least one course from the faculty member in the area which s/he wishes to research. The student should submit a written proposal to the faculty member outlining the scope and length of the research project s/he would like to do. A general guideline is one unit of credit per ten pages of text in the final research paper, up to a maximum of four units. The consent of the supervising faculty member should be secured prior to the first week of the semester. Once a student has secured faculty permission, the student should see the Undergraduate Advisor for the requisite form. Note: LS 199 can only be taken P/NP, but it is applicable towards the 32 upper division units in the major.

CCN:see advisor for CCN

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