ADLA 114101 Family Law
The family as we know it is not simply the result of chance. Its existence is defined and reinforced by law. Examines the civil laws applicable to husband-wife and parent-child relationships, and current challenges to traditional laws. Socio-economic as well as legal aspects of marriage, adoption, abortion, divorce and child custody are considered.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Jan 18–May 10, Andrew McConville
ADLA 300101 Criminal Justice
TBA (Course description will be posted to the BC Course Information and Schedule site as soon as it is available. Please consult www.bc.edu/courses , click on “Course Information and Schedule”, and navigate to the Woods College listings.)
Mon 6:15–9:15, Jan 22–May 14, The Department
ADPL 354001 Law and Morality
What is the relationship between man-made law created by the courts and the legislature and religious values? Is there a religious and moral foundation to our civil law in the United States? What do we do when confronted by a "wrong" law such as segregation? How do we determine if a law is wrong? Should religious and moral codes be part of the fabric of decisional case law? This course will compare the classic moral thinking of such authors as Plato, Aquinas, Mill and Locke to actual Constitutional decisions on such issues as the war on terror, capital punishment, gay marriage, sexual privacy, immigration, freedom of religion, abortion and the right to refuse medical treatment.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Jan 18–May 10, James Menno
ADSO 136501 Law and Society
Radical changes in the basic social fabric that dictate how people live, interact, communicate and work with one another create new demands for a legal system obligated to interpret and establish law. The course examines emerging challenges to freedom of expression, public and private communication: cyberspace, bullying, the disparity of access to resources, family protection, national security and individual rights, and different ways of representing justice. It also explores how the balance of emotion and reason in our idea of justice “shifts” over time, corporate responsibi-lity/irresponsibility, new definition of guilt and innocence, what is just/unjust social behavior, can citizens depend on the legal system, what holds society together.
Tues 6:15–9:15, Jan 16–May 8, James Menno
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