Humans are social creatures. In organized societies, when conflicts arise, people rely on the law and, within the law, on trials to sort out competing claims and assign proper consequences. “Trials” include other tests such as the trial of battle, experimental trials, trials to qualify for athletic finals, and probationary periods. At it core, then, a trial is a way to test the veracity or quality of some person or thing. This tutorial traces the application and various meanings of trials, focusing on three themes: trials as a test of personal character; trials as a way of knowing; and trials as social institutions designed to protect the social order by offering justice.
The Class: Format: tutorial
Requirements/Evaluation: five main papers and five response papers
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Enrollment Preferences: Concentrators in the Justice & Law program
Distributions: Division II