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215.41 sec. 001 - Responsibility in Law and Morality (Spring 2021)

Instructor: Christopher L. Kutz  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


M 10:00 AM - 12:40 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From January 25, 2021
To May 04, 2021

Course Start: January 25, 2021
Course End: May 04, 2021
Class Number: 32648

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 10
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 17
As of: 05/08 05:45 AM

This graduate seminar will examine questions of responsibility in ethics, politics, and law. Among the specific topics we will address are: (1) The general conditions of moral responsibility and the significance of excuses, including in criminal law. (2) The nature of causal explanation and causal responsibility in liability, specifically in relation to the legal notion of proximate causation. (3) The relationship between environmental causal explanations (social, economic) and excuses in liability. -the importance (or not) of a general fault requirement for civil liability. (4) Neuroscientific explanation, mental illness, and moral/legal responsibility. (5) Collective responsibility for structural injustice, including for historical injustices. (6) State responsibility in international law and global ethics, especially in relation to refugees and the climate emergency. (7) Shared social responsibility in relation to the demands of basic justice.

Real-time attendance at the first 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.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This class may fulfill Option 2 of the J.D. writing requirement with instructor approval. In order to qualify for Option 2, all students in the class must be writing a paper of 30 or more pages. Those students who wish to use this paper for the writing requirement must get instructor approval and submit their drafts for comment and revision.

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Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP)
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
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Legal History

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