Seminar in Ethical Values (YR)

Section 14, Fall 18

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 11/12
Credits: 0

Course Description

This year’s seminar participants will read an eclectic selection of books. We will begin with Michael Pollan’s sometimes poetic reflections about plants in The Botany of Desire. Turning from stories of botanical manipulation to a chilling account of life in North Korea, we will read Adam Johnson’s The Orphan Master’s Son. Next, we will take refuge in psychedelic drugs and read Michael Pollan’s recently published How To Change Your Mind, which includes both his own experiences and the latest research on the use of these drugs to treat a variety of psychological conditions. After the winter break, we’ll consider two books that offer concrete advice about how to live. First, we’ll learn what Jonathan Haidt has to say about The Happiness Hypothesis. And finally, we will read Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, his first book about eating and the food industry.

Course Requirements

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Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

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: No
Course Notes: The seminar will meet on five Monday evenings throughout the year. A tentative schedule and syllabus will be posted on a Canvas site before the beginning of the fall add-drop period.

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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