Repugnant Transactions

Section 1, Fall 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 36/40
Credits: 4
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • MW
  • 1540-1740
  • SL298
08/31/2022 12/07/2022
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

This class examines exchanges and transactions that are traditionally repugnant, and sometimes illegal. Importantly, what constitutes a repugnant transaction is culturally dependent, changing over time and across cultures. For example, typical repugnant transactions in modern western societies include organs, blood, babies, sexual relations, votes for money, and a wide range of other issues. In other cultures and times, however, humans were sold as a matter of course, whereas land was considered inalienable. Students will discuss cases and reading selections from law, economics, philosophy, psychology, and sociology.

Course Requirements

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

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be responsible for submitting a final paper reflecting on the topics and readings covered during the semester. You do not have to address every topic covered in the course, but papers should seek to draw out common themes across the various repugnant transactions covered, rather than address a single repugnant transaction. The final paper will be due via EXPO by noon on the last day of the finals period. Length: 2500 words maximum. That's about five single-spaced or ten double-spaced pages. You do not need to do any outside research. I'm looking for your thoughts and reactions on the topics/papers/speakers we discussed. In that sense, think of it more like a take home exam or long reaction paper, rather than a "research paper."

Other Work
In addition to participation, students will be required to make weekly discussion board postings, and present and lead at least one class discussion.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: Readings provided via Canvas
Course Notes:

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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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Wednesday, November 30, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Friday, December 09, 11:59 PM