Seminar in Ethical Values (YR)

Section 6, Fall 18

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 9/12
Credits: 0

Course Description

This is the first semester of a yearlong seminar designed to enhance students' understanding of ethical issues and address the broader ethical and moral responsibilities of the lawyer as citizen and leader. The seminar will examine competing ways of thinking about crime and criminal offenders, as well as about the legal, political, and ethical significance of criminal punishment. What counts as crime? Are there any conditions that justify, excuse, or mitigate it? Should legal and moral answers to those questions coincide? Is crime a matter of an individual's choice, character, fate, criminogenic environment, or something else? What are the historical and contemporary justifications for criminal punishment? Which offenders should be stigmatized most severely, how should they be punished, and why? Texts will include novels, memoirs, and movies. Students enrolling in the seminar should read Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment, over the summer. We will tackle (figuratively speaking) that book during our first meeting, and it is a fairly long read.

Course Requirements

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Final Type (if any): None

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Other Course Details
Prerequisites: JD students are given priority for this course during the LCS enrollment lottery process. LLM students may enroll in the course during the SIS Add/Drop process. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Notes: Attendance at all class sessions is required. Class sessions will take place at Professor Coughlin's home, and we will try to schedule them for Sunday evenings throughout the year.

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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