Seminar in Ethical Values (YR)

Section 1ZO, Fall 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 9/9
Credits: 0

Course Description

The COVID-19 pandemic and worldwide responses to it have upended established cultures and social orders. In the past few months, we have changed dramatically how we live, die, work, and play. In this seminar, we try to take stock of these ongoing upheavals. Which developments are beneficial? Which detrimental? Which are bound to be long-lasting? Which fleeting? What have we lost? What might we gain? Assignments to be determined, but texts may include books like Emily St. John Mandel’s Station 11, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West, Jose Saramago’s Blindness, and Albert Camus’s The Plague; as well as movies like Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of Men, Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, Trey Edward Shults’ It Comes at Night, and Marc Forster’s World War Z. Please note: we recognize that this is difficult subject matter. We are committed to tackling the topic with sincerity and sensitivity. We believe these conversations are important, but we understand that, for many students, it may be too much, too soon.

Course Requirements

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Midterm Type (if any): None
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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: Yes
Course Notes: Seminars in Ethical Values typically meet in 5 or 6 evening sessions throughout the academic year. This course will meet on Thursday evenings. Profs. Barzun and Bowers will announce the session dates, times, and locations. They plan to hold their sessions outside, weather permitting.

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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