12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR
Thompson Hall 2022
Section Information for Fall 2014
This learning community will combine various teaching methods including lectures, the Socratic method, case study, discussion of readings and films, debates, and active inquiry-based learning to investigate the major institutions in the American legal system in an effort to examine the ways in which they operate to help realize or confound social justice.
We will devote the first half of the semester to the study of the main legal institutions in the United States (e.g., the legal profession, law enforcement, juries, and judiciary. Next, we will consider policy questions, such as racial, gender and class discrimination, capital punishment, and abortion. We will also discuss the emerging issues of cyberspace and law. This learning community will provide community learners with an overview of the legal system, some of the controversies that arise in legal contexts, and the extraordinary power of law in American life and around the world.