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JUSTICE, LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY

JLC-410 Topics in Legal Theory (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Topics focus on the philosophical foundations of specific areas of law, such as the concepts of property, privacy, or rights, or on specific theoretical approaches to law, such as critical legal theory, critical race theory, or feminist legal theory. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: JLC-110 and JLC-201.

JLC-410 001
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Foundations of Knowledge
This methodology course helps students identify what actually counts as knowing something in their study of social phenomena. Social scientists, lawyers, and philosophers must grapple with the question of what counts as a fact that actually describes what they believe they are observing. Making this decision inevitably affects one's understanding of what is being observed. This course examines the foundations of empirical, analytical, critical, and other modes of thought in order to enable them to evaluate the various methods used to study social institutions. Meets with JLC-604 001.
JLC-410 002
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Concept of Justice
Major philosophical contributions to the definition of justice. The relationship of the ideal of justice to concrete situations in which issues of justice (civil, criminal, or political) arise. Meets with JLC-607 001.