Seminar in Ethical Values (YR)

Section 03, Fall 15

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 12/12
Credits: 0

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.

In this section, we will discuss personhood and privacy in the digital age. What have we gained and what have we lost? To what extent has technology reshaped our identities? How has technology redefined our relationships? What is a virtual relationship? Is it a human relationship? Are humans even required? What is consciousness and when is it achieved? To help answer these and other questions, we will pair episodes of the dystopian British television anthology series, Black Mirror, with the works of such philosophers and writers as John Searle and Alan Turing, and with SUCH films as Solaris (1972), Ex Machina (2015), Her (2013), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Blade Runner (1982), Network (1976), or Ghosts in the Shell (1995). Although we will not require response papers, we will expect every person in the seminar to participate actively in each discussion.

Course Requirements

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Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With:
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Notes: Attendance at all class sessions is required

Graduation Requirements

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

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the 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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