Children and the Law

Information Introduction

Section 1, Fall 24

Schedule Information

Enrollment: /15
Credits: 3
Days Time Room Start Date End Date


1300-1500 WB116

Course Description

In this seminar students will examine the law’s treatment of children’s rights, and state obligations to children, in the context of three sets of relationships: (1) Children, their families, and the State; (2) Children and the Courts; and (3) Children and Custodial Agencies (Departments of Social Services and Juvenile Justice, and Schools). Through reading and discussing a wide array of materials – cases, law review articles, social science research, and media accounts – students will explore the current state of the law regarding these relationships, the complexities involved with assigning rights and responsibilities to children and those who care for them, the inconsistent views we have of when childhood begins and ends, and the barriers and limitations on courts and legislatures when making decisions regarding children.

Course Requirements

Exam Information

Final Type (if any): None

Description: None

Written Work Product

There will be two writing assignments in this class – a ten-page paper and a fifteen-page paper. The first paper will be based on one of the subjects, or readings, covered during our class, and it will be due directly to the instructor during the semester (deadline to be announced), The second paper will be based on a relevant topic selected by the student and due via EXPO no later than noon on Dec. 18th (day before last day of exam period). Prof. Block will not accept special requests to augment either paper for the upper-level writing requirement.

Other Course Details

Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None

Exclusive With: None

Laptops Allowed: Yes

First Day Attendance Required: Yes

Course Resources: To be announced via Canvas.

Graduation Requirements

Satisfies Understanding Bias/Racism/Cross-Cultural Competency requirement: Yes

Satisfies Writing Requirement: No

Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No

Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

Additional Course Information

Schedule No.: 124818131

Modified Type: ABA Seminar

Cross Listed: No

Waitlist Count: 0

Concentrations: Family, Gender and Sexuality

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