Behavioral Decisionmaking and the Law

Section 1, Fall 19

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 33/64
Credits: 3

Course Description

Economics assumes people are rational, law assumes people are compliant, but is it really so? In recent years, due to work by Kahneman and Tversky, Thaler and Sunstein (among others) both disciplines have come to incorporate more and more research from psychology and other social sciences about actual human behavior. We will read research about factors that affect human decision-making and then apply it to substantive and procedural issues in law. (No background in psychology, economics, or social science is necessary.)

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): Due Date Only
Description: Students will be given a take-home mid-term (deadline to be announced by Professor). The exam will have word limits not time limits -- students will upload answer document to EXPO upon completion.

Final Type (if any): None
Description: None
Final Exam Notes:


Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be required to submit one short paper via EXPO applying behavioral research to legal issues, which will be due near the completion of the term. Deadline to be announced. There will also be a few web-based exercises and a few one-page reaction papers across the semester.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes:

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.

General Information

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
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