Fall 2014
    Law No.: LAW9227
    Sched. No.: 114821729

Age Of Majority*
Section 1
Bonnie, Richard J.

Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):M, 1540-1740 (WB114)
Capacity:16 **This information is current as of 05/22/2015 06:14:34 AM**
Current Enrollment:13 **This information is current as of 05/22/2015 06:14:34 AM**

Course Description:

This seminar explores the legal rules and public policies that assign rights and privileges of adulthood (the “age of majority,” so to speak) as well as those that assist young people to successfully assume the responsibilities of adulthood. This seminar is inspired by a project the instructor is chairing for the Institute of Medicine (an arm of the National Academy of Sciences) on the “Health, Safety and Well-Being of Young Adults” and another on whether the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products should be raised. The seminar will take account of what is known about brain development during adolescence and young adulthood as well as the changing social context in which young people make the transition to adult roles in education, employment and family life. Although specific subjects have not yet been selected, the seminar is likely to cover three clusters of topics: (1) rules regarding reproductive liberty, voting and other rights that classify adolescents as adults at 18 or younger; (2) policies that emphasize protection, including driving, alcohol and tobacco use; and (3) policies that reflect a societal commitment to create and preserve opportunity (education, employment and other social support, especially for vulnerable populations). Justice-system involvement may also be covered to draw out these three themes.

COURSE REQUIREMENT: A substantial research paper

This course is on the approved upper-level writing requirement course list.