Morality and Law (PHIL 280.001)
Instructor: John Lawless. This course meets Monday – Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Caldwell 213.
In this course we will explore some of the ways in which justice and morality relate to the idea and interpretation of law. We’ll explore questions about the concept of law, the rule of law, and the various principles to which judges should appeal in making sense of hard legal cases. The course will require students to engage critically with theories of jurisprudence, to hone their critical thinking skills more broadly, and to demonstrate these competencies both orally and in writing. Students considering law school will be especially well-served, though an interest in pursuing law after college is neither required nor assumed.
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