2021 Remote Legal Studies Summer Courses


    Introduction to Legal Process (5 credits)

  • LGST 10

    Session 1

    Introduction to U.S. and comparative legal institutions and practices. Examines diverse areas of law from torts to civil rights to international human rights. Why is America portrayed as having an activist legal culture; why is law used to decide so many questions from presidential elections to auto accidents; can law resolve disputes that, historically, have led to war and violence; is the legal system fair and/or effective, and, if so, for whom and under what conditions?

    Proposed Instructor - Anthony Bencomo


  • Ancient Political Thought (5 credits)

  • LGST 105A

    Session 2

    Explores tensions between reason and revelation, justice and democracy, and freedom and empire through close readings of ancient texts. Emphasis on Athens, with Hebrew, Roman, and Christian departures and interventions. Includes Sophocles, Thucydides, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Stoics, the Bible, and Augustine. Cross Listed Courses POLI 105A

    Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements.

    Proposed Instructor - Rowan Powell


  • Constitutional Law (5 credits)

  • LGST 111A

    Session 1

    An introduction to constitutional law, emphasizing equal protection and fundamental rights as defined by common law decisions interpreting the 14th Amendment, and also exploring issues of federalism and separation of powers. Readings are primarily court decisions; special attention given to teaching how to interpret, understand, and write about common law. Cross Listed Courses POLI 111A

    Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment is restricted to politics and Latin American and Latino studies/politics combined majors during priority enrollment only.

    Proposed Instructor - Eric Snickars


  • Civil Liberties (5 credits)

  • LGST 111B

    Session 2

    Explores the status of American civil liberties as provided by the Bill of Rights. Particular attention will be given to issues of concern relating to the aftermath of 9/11, including issues relating to detainees, freedom of information requests, wiretapping authority, watch lists, profiling, and creation of a domestic intelligence agency. Cross Listed Courses POLI 111B.

    Proposed Instructor - Eric Snickars


  • Comparative Law (5 credits)

  • LGST 116

    Session 2

    Explores how countries organize their societies through legal rules. Particular attention is given to constitutional design, differences between common and civil law systems, changes brought about by the European Union, and the convergence of legal norms globally. Cross Listed Courses POLI 116. Students cannot receive credit for both courses. General Education Code CC

    Satisfies Public Law and Institutions or "additional requirement" to CORE courses.

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    Proposed Instructor - Jacqueline Gehring


  • Society and Democracy in American Political Development (5 credits)

  • LGST 120B

    Session 1

    Examines the role of social forces in the development of the American democratic processes and in the changing relationship between citizen and state. Course materials address the ideas, the social tensions, and the economic pressures bearing on social movements, interest groups, and political parties. Cross Listed Courses POLI 120B. American History And Institutions: Yes

    Prerequisite(s): satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements.

    Proposed Instructor - Sasha Wasserstrom


  • Race and Law (5 credits)

  • LGST 128I

    Session 1

    An introduction to comparative and historical analyses of the relation between race and law in the U.S. Emphasis on examinations of continuous colonial policies and structural mechanisms that help maintain and perpetuate racial inequality in law, criminal justice, and jury trials. (Formerly Race and Justice) Cross Listed Courses SOCY 128I. General Education Code ER

    Enrollment restricted to sophomore, junior, and senior majors, proposed majors, and minors in legal studies, sociology, community studies, Latin American/sociology combined, global information and social enterprise, and critical race and ethnic studies.

    Proposed Instructor - Hiroshi Fukurai


  • Law and Politics of Memory (5 credits)

  • LGST 158

    Session 2

    Examines why we choose to memorialize some aspects of our history, but not others. What impact do those choices have on our contemporary politics and society? How may memorials help create a stronger democracy? General Education Code CC. Cross Listed Courses POLI 158. Students cannot receive credit for both courses.

    Proposed Instructor - Jacqueline Gehring


  • Legal Studies Internship/Field Seminar: Experiences in Law, Policy, and Society (5 credits)

  • LGST 185

    10-Week

    A practicum seminar for students seeking field experience in law- and policy-making settings. Designed to be combined with an internship; provides structured class meetings and work, including weekly field notes and a final paper. General Education Code PR-S

    Prerequisite(s): LGST 10. Enrollment is restricted to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

    Proposed Instructor: Ryan Coonerty