Seminar in Ethical Values (YR)

Section 1, Fall 19

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 12/12
Credits: 0

Course Description

The Problem of Social Order -- How should human societies be structured? Is the ideal form of life one that promotes communal belonging or one that privileges individual freedom? Does modern capitalism reward greed and selfishness or promote creativity and initiative? Does technological advance improve or degrade the human condition? Can one find genuine meaning by rejecting modern, industrialized society and by seeking refuge in a more natural and primitive way of life? Or are such efforts simply juvenile attempts to escape reality? To what degree ought social and political life be structured by formal rules and/or by common understandings? Are such norms and conventions impediments to human freedom or the necessary conditions for its fulfillment? In our Seminar in Ethical Values, we will explore these and related questions through discussions based around such potential films and books as Catch 22, Snowpiercer, Into the Wild, A Man for All Seasons, Captain Fantastic, and My Dinner with Andre.

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
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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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