Fall 2014
    Law No.: LAW9089
    Sched. No.: 114821749

Seminar in Ethical Values (YR)*
Section 16
Coughlin, Anne M.

Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):TBA, - ()
Credits:0Type:Yearlong seminar
Capacity:14 **This information is current as of 05/22/2015 06:14:34 AM**
Current Enrollment:12 **This information is current as of 05/22/2015 06:14:34 AM**

Course Description:

Seminars in Ethical Values are designed to enhance students' understanding of ethical issues and address the broader ethical and moral responsibilities of the lawyer as citizen and leader. The seminars are graded on a pass/fail basis; students earn one credit in the spring semester upon successful completion of the seminar.

The seminar will examine competing ways of thinking about crime and criminal offenders, as well as about the legal, political, and ethical significance of criminal punishment. What counts as crime? Are there any conditions that justify, excuse, or mitigate it? Should legal and moral answers to those questions coincide? Is crime a matter of an individual's choice, character, fate, criminogenic environment, or something else? What are the historical and contemporary justifications for criminal punishment? Which offenders should be stigmatized most severely, how should they be punished, and why? Texts will include novels, memoirs, and movies. Students enrolling in the seminar should read Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment, over the summer. We will tackle (figuratively speaking) that book during our first meeting, and it is a fairly long read.

NOTE: Class sessions will take place at Professor Coughlin's home, and we will try to schedule them for Sunday evenings throughout the year.

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: Attendance at all class sessions is required