Seminar in Ethical Values (YR)

Section 11, Fall 17

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 5/6
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. Course Theme: "Hitchcock: The Ethics of Murder". Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) is considered to be one of the world's iconic film directors (he is called "The Master of Suspense"). Yet the characters in his films frequently display attributes that could hardly be considered "normal" in a social context. His films focus on individuals who find themselves in situations in which they need to deal with suspicion, murder, psychological instability, fear, gossip, confusion, or mendacity. They are also "Everyman," that is, they are people like us. How is this possible? How many "degrees of separation" exist between Us and Them? Are good characters always rewarded? Are bad characters always punished? What happens in life? These questions and issues will structure the discussions of five Hitchcock films: "Notorious" (1946); "Rear Window" (1954); "Vertigo" (1958) (in tandem with Mel Brooks' parody, "High Anxiety"); "North by Northwest" (1959); "Psycho" (1960) or "The Birds" (1963)

Course Requirements

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Final Type (if any): None

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Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes: This course will meet on five Thursday evenings starting September 7 and ending November 9. We will not be meeting on any of the Thursdays between September 21 and October 12. If you have a possible conflict on any of the evenings we may meet, you should not enroll. Attendance at every class is expected. Any student missing a class for unforeseen reasons will have to submit a short paper discussing the assigned film.

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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