Seminar in Ethical Values (YR)

Section 12, Fall 18

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Enrollment: /7

Course Description

The Institute for Practical Ethics and Law School will offer a non-credit, five-session course to selected graduate students, taught jointly by Professor David T. Gies (Spanish) and Daniel Ortiz (Law). These informal gatherings, which will take place in the home of Professor Gies, will allow a small group of students from Law and GSAS to come together to discuss ethical and practical issues as seen in film. The Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar has become not only Spain's most famous cineaste, but arguably one of the world's most recognized —and most original— directors. Winner of multiple international prizes (Oscar [USA], BAFTA [Great Britain], Silver Condor [Argentina], Golden Kinnaree [Thailand], Teddy [Berlin], Golden Precolombian [Bogota], Cannes, etc.), Almodóvar continues to write and direct films that puzzle, delight, challenge, and frequently anger his audiences. His themes include gender fluidity, euthanasia, murder, love, sexuality, religion, family romance, and obsession, and across a spectrum of social comedies and outrageous melodramas he forces us to confront the often-uncomfortable realities of human existence. This course will take a look at Amodóvar's most recent film, "Julieta" (2016), and then follow his trajectory through previous works such as "Átame" (Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down, 1989), "La flor de mi secreto" (The Flower of My Secret, 1995), "La mala educación" (Bad Education, 2004), and "La piel que habito" (The Skin I Live In, 2011). Note: if "Dolor y gloria" (Almodóvar's newest film, currently in production) is released in time, it will take the place of "La piel que habito." The films will be available in Clemons Library and the Law School Library; many are also available online.

Course Requirements

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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: No
Course Notes: This course will meet on five evenings: Wednesday, August 29; Tuesday, October 2; Thursday, October 4; Tuesday, November 6, and Tuesday, November 13. If you have a possible conflict for any of those evenings, you should not enroll. The seminar will meet at the home of Professor David T. Gies, 7:30-9:30. Food and beverage will be provided. It is limited to 6 graduate students from Arts and Sciences and 6 law students.

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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