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Good and Evil Seminar: The Role of Law in Shaping Character and Behavior
J.D. Seminar 572 | 3 credit hours
This seminar will explore some extremely thorny moral and psychological issues: why do people behave altruistically or cruelly? What separates the law-abiding citizen from the criminal? Does "character" determine most behavior, or does environment trump character in some—or most—situations? What's the best way to understand the role law plays in shaping human behavior? Course readings will be drawn from a wide variety of disciplines, including biology, sociology, psychology, and jurisprudence, and we will look at materials that range from studies of adolescent bullying and war-time heroism to stories drawn from the Rwandan genocide and the interrogation rooms at Guantanamo.
All enrolled and waitlisted students must attend the first class in order to be enrolled unless they have instructor permission, which will be granted only for exceptional circumstances.