Seminar in Ethical Values (YR)

Section 4, Fall 19

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 5/12
Credits: 0

Course Description

Seminars in Ethical Values are designed to enhance students' understanding of ethical issues and address the broader ethical and moral responsibilities of the lawyer as citizen and leader. This is a year-long seminar, and the seminars are graded on a pass/fail basis; students earn one credit in the spring semester upon successful completion of the seminar. In this SEV we will discuss: How can the legal world be more responsive to what social science has learned about human behavior this century? We will start by learning about the state of the world right now with Hans Rosling et al.: Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong about the World — and Why Things Are Better than You Think. (You don’t have to believe his opinion just his facts.) Then we will pick 4 books by social scientists that should give us ideas about how we might want to change laws, organizations, policies, etc., to create a more humane and flourishing world. I’m not sure which books we will be reading but candidates include: (1) Payne – The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die; (2) Zaki — The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World; (3) Feldman Barrett — How Emotions Are Made; (4) Haidt — The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion; (5) Dunn & Norton — Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending, (6) Schwartz — The Paradox of Choice

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: The class will typically meet on Sunday Evenings.

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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