Seminar in Ethical Values (YR)

Section 1, Fall 21

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 11/12
Credits: 0
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
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08/25/2021 12/01/2021

Course Description

The COVID-19 pandemic and worldwide responses to it have upended established cultures and social orders. In March 2020, we abruptly and dramatically changed how we live, die, work, and play. In this seminar, we try to take stock of these upheavals and our attempts to recover from them. Which changes have been beneficial? Which detrimental? Which are bound to be long-lasting? Which fleeting? What have we lost? What might we gain? Assignments to be determined, but we will focus on texts about major societal upheaval or social dislocation. Examples of possible works include books like Emily St. John Mandel’s Station 11, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West, Jose Saramago’s Blindness, and Albert Camus’s The Plague; as well as movies like Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of Men, Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, Trey Edward Shults’ It Comes at Night, and Marc Forster’s World War Z. Please note: we recognize that this is difficult subject matter. We are committed to tackling the topic with sincerity and sensitivity. We believe these conversations are important, but we understand that, for many students, it may be too much, too soon.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
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Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: JD students are given priority for this course during the LCS enrollment lottery process. LLM students may enroll in the course during the SIS Add/Drop process. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: Seminar in Ethical Values (1-Term) (9091)
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Resources: Selected books to be announced.
Course Notes: Seminars in Ethical Values typically meet in 5 or 6 evening sessions throughout the academic year. This course will meet on Thursday evenings. Profs. Barzun and Bowers will announce the session dates, times, and locations. They plan to hold their sessions outside, weather permitting.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Tuesday, November 23, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 03, 11:59 PM