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232.31 sec. 001 - Beyond Law and Order: Criminal Justice in Film and Television (Fall 2020)

Instructor: Ty Alper  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
Instructor: Andrea Roth  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only

Due to COVID-19, this class is remote for Fall 2020.
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


Th 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From August 27, 2020
To November 20, 2020

Course Start: August 27, 2020
Course End: November 20, 2020
Class Number (1Ls): 34320

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 10
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 11
As of: 12/07 09:41 AM

This course explores how criminal justice has been portrayed in, and affected by, film and television. The class will watch several iconic films and TV shows depicting some aspect of the criminal justice system. It will explore the legal, social, and professional ethical issues raised by the films, critique the films' constructions of crime and criminality, lawyering and judging, and legal process (with an emphasis on race, class, and gender), and - to develop students' cultural literacy -- explain the films' substantive contributions to legal discourse, law reform, and public perceptions of criminal justice. The class will meet every other week for 100 minutes, and a film or TV show will be the assigned viewing between classes. We may experiment with simultaneous dinner-time viewing sessions. Instructors have years of experience representing indigent clients in the criminal justice system, watching movies and TV, and eating dinner.

This course meets every other Thursday for 7 sessions beginning August 27th.

This class is among the special Fall 2020 1L elective seminars designed to give entering 1Ls an extra opportunity to form connections despite our remote form of interaction. In light of that goal, these classes will expect real-time attendance and may not be recorded. These classes will all be graded on a Credit/No Credit basis and total written work requirement will be no more than 8 double-spaced pages.

Real-time attendance at the first Zoom class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

This course is only open to 1Ls.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Criminal Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
First Year Courses
Social Justice and Public Interest

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