Seminar in Ethical Values (YR)

Section 8, Fall 19

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Enrollment: 7/7
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. The seminars are graded on a pass/fail basis; students earn one credit in the spring semester upon successful completion of the seminar. Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) is considered to be one of the world's iconic film directors (he is widely known as "The Master of Suspense"). Yet the characters in his films frequently display attributes that could hardly be considered "normal" in a social context.His films focus on individuals who find themselves in situations in which they need to deal with suspicion, murder, psychological instability, fear, gossip, confusion, or mendacity. They are also "Everyman," that is, they are people like us. How is this possible? Howmany "degrees of separation" exist between Us and Them? Are good characters always rewarded? Are bad characters always punished? What happens in real life? Can an evil person ever justify his/her actions? Is Hitchcock the film version of Machiavelli's "ThePrince"? These questions and issues will structure the discussions of five Hitchcock films: "Rebecca" (1940); "Strangers on a Train" (1951); "Vertigo" (1958); "North by Northwest" (1959); "Psycho" (1960)

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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 for five Tuesday evenings at the home of David T. Gies: September 17, September 24, October 1, October 22, and October 29. (November 5 will be reserved as a make-up day, if necessary).

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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