Seminar in Ethical Values (YR)
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 the relationship between age and identity. To what extent does our age determine who we are and what we care about? Are phases of life, such as “adolescence” and “middle age,” social constructs or biological facts? Might the answers to those questions help us answer more practical questions, such as whether or when one should “act one’s age"? To help answer these and other questions, we will read and watch a number of books and films, including novels like Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha, The Sportswriter, and Angle of Repose; memoirs like Wild, Between the World and Me, and A Long Way Gone; and movies like The Spectacular Now, Heavenly Creatures, Crooklyn, Boyhood, Amour, and The Straight Story.
*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.