ENGL 332 Spring 2014 Images of Law (W)

Cross Listed as COMP316, JLST312
Works of art transform how we view the law. Novels like Melville's Billy Budd, Kafka's The Trial and Camus' The Stranger produce indelible images that inspire sometimes haunting reflections about all phases of the legal process -- investigation, interrogation, arrest, trial, and punishment. Poems, paintings, and other art forms also offer perspectives on the law, raising issues richer and more elusive than what we encounter on Court TV, in the New York Times, or even from sophisticated legal scholars. We will probe, among other things, the nature of justice, how a penal system acquires and maintains legitimacy, different modes of fact-finding, and purposes of punishment. This course engages with works of art with the goal of gaining insight into law.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: several short writing assignments, three longer papers, class participation
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: justice and law concentrators
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under JLST; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL or COMP
Divisional Attributes: Division I, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: JLST Enactment/Applications in Institutions
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 3831
ENGL332-01(S) SEM Images of Law (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsWriting Intensive Alan Hirsch
W 1:10 PM-3:50 PM Hollander 040 3831
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