Exercises in Rule Making - Society, Technology and the Law (SC)

Section 1, Spring 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 14/17
Credits: 1

Course Description

Deciding on an appropriate rule/law involves a complex process that implicates social norms, available scientific evidence, and policy goals. The introduction of new technologies or making better use of existing ones, or in facing sub-optimal performances, highlight the need for sensible rulemaking. This class aims at exposing students to the process of rule-making in several fields of law and public policy, mostly brought about by new technology. Among them, the new age of Autonomous cars; embryo sex selection; Stem cell research and human cloning; Tele-medicine; Direct to consumer tests and medication. We shall also challenge existing rules in regard to organ donation and hunger strikers.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None
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Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be required to submit a final paper via EXPO (deadline to be announced by Professor, but it will be no later than noon (EST) two weeks after last class session).

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
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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