Global Legal History

Section 1, Fall 18

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 2/6
Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is an experiment. Like any experiment, it is motivated by a hypothesis: that it is possible to conceive and teach something called “global legal history.” Like any hypothesis, this may be shown to be false. Given the large scale of the problem and the small scale of a semester, we may not reach a clear result. But we shall do our best. As we discuss the texts before us, I want us constantly asking what we think we are doing: what it means to produce history; what it means to write legal history; what it might mean to write one that is global. At least two kinds of parochialism shape this syllabus: temporal and cultural. Another way to say this is that the syllabus is bounded by my vast ignorance. Most of our readings arose during or address the period from roughly 1500 to 1850. Though we won’t have time to read much about earlier or later eras, we will always want to keep an eye open for the ways in which such a limitation inhibits conceiving a properly global legal history. The course is also overwhelmingly oriented toward European legal regimes and their experiences in diaspora. Another way to put this is to say it is chiefly concerned with the nature of legality in and among empires.

Course Requirements

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

Final Type (if any): Due Date Only
Description: Each student will write a take-home exam. You may consult only materials generated by, identified during, or assigned for this course. In other words, you may consult the questions, notes, and bibliographies everyone in the class generates, the books and articles we discuss, and any of the items identified on the bibliographies you write. You may not consult other books, articles, etc. You may work with one another as much as you like as you consider your essays, but what you write must be your own. The exam will consist of two essays (each approximately 2500-3000 words) that you will be asked to produce during a one-week period following our final class meeting. The exam answer(s) will be delivered to the Professor, by email, as a PDF file (deadline TBA).
Final Exam Notes:

Each student will write a take-home exam. You may consult only materials generated by, identified during, or assigned for this course. In other words, you may consult the questions, notes, and bibliographies everyone in the class generates, the books and articles we discuss, and any of the items identified on the bibliographies you write. You may not consult other books, articles, etc. You may work with one another as much as you like as you consider your essays, but what you write must be your own. The exam will consist of two essays (each approximately 2500-3000 words) that you will be asked to produce during a one-week period following our final class meeting. The exam answer(s) will be delivered to the Professor, by email, as a PDF file (deadline TBA).


Written Work Product
Written Work Product: To be announced by the instructor.

Other Work
The take-home exam will comprise 50% of the course grade. Quality of contribution to discussion, and quality of notes, bibliographies, and discussion questions will each constitute 25% of the course grade.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes: This class will meet on Central Grounds in Ruffner Hall, Rm. 125.

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

Schedule No.
118821387
Law No.
LAW9233
Modified Type
Seminar
Cross Listed: Yes
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic: HIST 5130
Concentrations: Legal History
Public Syllabus Link: None
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