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|LAWS 390 - TOPICS:|
The descriptions and topics of this course change from semester-to-semester, as well as from instructor-to-instructor. Prerequisite: varies with the topic offered.
LAWS 39001 FORENSICS. Multidisciplinary and reality based approach introduces students to "Forensic Investigation" to demonstrate how Anthropology, Botany, and Entomology provide critical data in resolving investigational goals. The coursework covers origin, history and the role of science in bringing criminals to justice. Student's work in the field and classroom environment locate, identify, collect and transport physical evidence that may be used at trial for determining causation and linking the accused to a crime. LAWS 39002 CRIME, CRIMINALS AND BILL OF RIGHTS. This course shall analyze selected landmark criminal cases addressing issues arising out of the prosecution of various criminal offenses, such as: homicide; sexual crimes; terrorism; arson; kidnapping; weapons offenses; controlled dangerous substances; RICO; organized crime; fraud; white collar crimes; etc. The case method approach, as utilized in law schools, shall be followed in the study of these decisions which involve analysis of Bill of Rights guarantees such as: probable cause; due process; search and seizure; confessions; cruel and unusual punishment; right to keep and bear arms; right to counsel; competency; speedy trial; confrontation of witnesses; double jeopardy; etc. LAWS 39003 PROOF, SCIENCE & COURTS. This topics seminar will address the principal themes of (1) certainty and proof in science and the law, including the historical development of epistemological criteria applied in science and the courts; (2) forensic science and the law, particularly the concepts of "scientific reliability" and the admissibility of scientific evidence; (3) advances in biomedical science and the law, including their impact on traditional ideas of family and kinship; and (4) intellectual property in the digital culture, and other issues as they may arise in class discussions. LAWS 390 DEATH PENALTY: The course will look at the history of the death penalty in the United States and examine empirical data. Heavy emphasis will be given to Supreme Court decisions concerning the death penalty as well as political arguments about capital punishment. We will view the death penalty from the vantage point of citizens, judges, lawyers, juries, and the accused. State and federal death penalty issues will be discussed from a legal and political perspective. LAWS 390 LAW & SEXUALITY. The course examines the law attempting to regulate human sexuality. It looks at the theories behind sexual morality laws, the methods used, the effectiveness of such regulation and its effects on us as sexual beings. Topics covered include marriage, laws covering sexual conduct, sexual orientation and gender identity.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours
Schedule Types: Lecture, Online Course
Law and Society Department
MJ-LAWS-Law & Society Elective
Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:
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