JLST 312
Images of Law Spring 2014
Division II Writing Skills
Cross-listed COMP 316 / ENGL 332 / JLST 312
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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.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3440
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: several short writing assignments, three longer papers, class participation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: justice and law concentrators
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under JLST; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL or COMP
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 316 Division I ENGL 332 Division I JLST 312 Division II

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