Money and Rights

Section 1, Fall 15

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 16/16
Credits: 3

Course Description

This seminar will explore the relationship between money and rights. We will begin this examination of the connection between money and rights with topics related to money and the human body. For example, we will discuss contract surrogacy, sales of organs, ownership of genetic material and payment for participation in medical research, among others. Next we will look at money and the body politic. This area will include such topics as paying money in connection with immigration and military service as well as looking more deeply into the nature of bribery and corruption, among other topics. At the end of the semester, we will examine the bifurcation in constitutional law according to which economic liberties may be regulated with little judicial oversight while restrictions on personal liberties are subject to more exacting review.

The overarching questions we will consider include: whether economic rights are meaningfully different from personal rights; whether personal rights should be understood to depend on a right to spend money to effectuate them and whether restrictions on the private use or voluntary transfer of certain goods or services are justifiably treated differently from restrictions on their sale. Each substantive topic will be paired with theoretical material exploring ideas such as commodification, exploitation, ownership, civic obligation, etc. The readings will often be philosophical in nature and the papers will require students to make and defend an argument for how each issue should be addressed.

Course Requirements

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Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
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Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
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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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