Current Issues in Drug Law and Policy Reform (SC)

Section 1, Spring 18

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 8/16
Credits: 1

Course Description

This seminar will explore some of the impacts of the U.S.-led "War on Drugs" and current challenges to our punitive prohibitionist agenda. Among the topics to be discussed: mass criminalization and government surveillance, marijuana reform, the case for psychedelics, the drug war's impact on reproductive and parenting rights, our current opioid overdose epidemic, and alternative models of drug control.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: For each meeting, students will be required to identify one contemporary (preferably very recent) news story from somewhere in the world connected to that meeting's topic for discussion and come prepared to briefly share and discuss that item. Students will also be asked to choose a topic raised by class readings or class discussion to explore more in-depth in a written submission, approximately 2500 words, due by two weeks after the course ends.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Concurrencies: (Constitutional Law (6001)) AND (Criminal Investigation (7019) OR Criminal Adjudication (7018) OR Criminal Procedure Survey (7009))
Mutually Exclusive With:
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes:

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.

General Information

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
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