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.
Course Theme: After the Wall: German Film, 1989-
The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the problematic reunification of Germany have marked modern Europe's political and social relations. Germany has struggled to unify a nation torn apart by ideology, the economy, and memories of its past. These films grapple with the awkwardness of that past with sly humor and deeply moving reconsideration of what it means to be "German" in a modern world. The films include:
- "Run, Lola, Run" (1998, dir. Tom Tykwer): After a botched money delivery, Lola has 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutschmarks.
- "Goodbye, Lenin!" (2003, dir. Wolfgang Becker): In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man must keep her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany as she knew it has disappeared.
- "The Lives of Others" (2006, dir. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck): In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.
- "Barbara" (2012, dir. Christian Petzold): A doctor working in 1980s East Germany finds herself banished to a small country hospital.
- "Phoenix" (2014, dir. Christian Petzold): A disfigured concentration-camp survivor (Nina Hoss), unrecognizable after facial reconstruction surgery, searches ravaged postwar Berlin for the husband (Ronald Zehrfeld) who might have betrayed her to the Nazis.
*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.