Legal Studies Course Offerings Summer 2011

Spring 2011 Legal Studies Course Offerings

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102: Policing and Society Musheno  4 units  Area IV   Session A  5/23/10 – 7/2/11   MTuWTh 10am-12pm

This course examines the American social institution of policing with particular emphasis on urban law enforcement. It explores the social, economic and cultural forces that pull policing in the direction of state legal authority and power as well as those that are a counter-weight to the concentration of policing powers in the state. Special attention is given to how policing shapes and is shaped by the urban landscape, legal to cultural.

109: Aims & Limits of Criminal Law  Perry   4 units  Area III or IV   Session A5/23/10 – 7/2/11MTuWTh 12-2pm

Course focuses on the analysis of the capacity of criminal law to fulfill its aims. What are the aims of criminal law? How are they assigned relative priority? What principles can be identified for evaluating the effort to control disapproved activities through criminal law?

111: The Making of Modern Constitutionalism  Lieberman 4 units   Area II    Session A  5/23/11 – 7/2/11    MTuWTh 4-6pm

Historical examination of the emergence of constitutionalism as an authoritative approach to the study of law and politics; coverage from the 16th to 18th centuries, concluding in discussion of the debate over ratification of the U.S. Constitution.

132AC: Immigration & Citizenship   Volpp   4 units   Area III Session A  5/23/11 – 7/12/11     MTuWTh 2-4pm

We often hear that America is a “nation of immigrants.” This representation of the U.S. does not explain why some are presumed to belong and others are not. We will examine both historical and contemporary law of immigration and citizenship to see how law has shaped national identity and the identity of immigrant communities. In addition to scholarly texts, we will learn to read and analyze excerpts of cases and the statute that governs immigration and citizenship, the Immigration and Nationality Act.

140: Property & Liberty  M. Wachspress  4 units Area I or III    Session D  7/5/11 – 8/12/11    MTuWTh 12-2pm

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.

156: Bioethics & the Law  Schultz   4 units   Area II   Session A  5/23/11 – 7/12/11    MTuWTh 2-4pm

Law now plays a prominent role in medicine and science. Recent years have witnessed a major expansion of law’s involvement. Law (statutory and court-made) articulates and interprets norms of conduct. We will examine a number of topics where law and medicine intersect involving many of our most fundamental values including body, life, death, religion, reproduction, sexuality, and family. In each area we will include both traditional issues, like “right to die” and more current disputes such as physician assisted suicide.

160: Punishment, Culture & Society   A. Rubin  4 units   Area II or IV  Session D   7/5/11 – 8/12/11   MTuWTh 10am-12pm

This course surveys the development of Western penal practices, institutions, and ideas (what David Garland calls “penality”) from the eighteenth-century period to the present. Our primary focus will be on penal practices and discourses in United States in the early 21st century. In particular we will examine the extraordinary growth of US penal sanctions in the last quarter century and the sources and consequences of what some have called “mass imprisonment”.

182: Law, Politics & Society  Feeley 4 units   Area III or IV  Session A 5/24/10 – 7/2/10   MTuWTh 8-10am

This course examines the theory and practice of legal institutions in performing several major functions of law: allocating authority, defining relationships, resolving conflict, adapting to social change, and fostering social solidarity. In doing so, it will assess the nature and limits of law as well as consider alternative perspectives on social control and social change.


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