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Course Descriptions

Law and Philosophy (Spring 2017)

  • Course Number: LAW-792
  • Class Number: 03538
  • Instructor: Gary Watson

Course Description

This course will focus on recent work in legal and political philosophy by leading and upcoming scholars in the field, who will visit campus to discuss their work with the seminar. Seven visitors have been scheduled. Normally, each visit will be preceded by a preparatory seminar in which the class reads and discusses the work to be presented the next week. All of the seminars will be discussion based, and will require a close reading of the assigned texts. There will sometimes be opportunities for lunch or dinner with the presenters.



This will be a 3 credit course, meeting once a week for three hours. A 15-20 page term paper will be expected, but a final exam might be an option, after consultation with the instructor. Occasional response papers which react critically to weekly assignments will be due prior to the seminar at which the assignment is scheduled to be discussed. These papers will be no more than one to two pages.  Participation is required but it will not be graded. The course may be taken CR/D/F only with the written permission of the instructors.



The primary readings for the class will be essays or chapters, often work in progress, written by our roster of visitors. As appropriate, readings that are supplementary to the primary readings will be assigned as background. 

CR/D/F grading will be available only with instructor permission.  If writing a paper to satisfy the writing requirement, the class must be taken for a numerical grade.

The class will meet in Mudd Hall MHP 102

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 3
  • Schedule: M 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Exam: Paper or exam
  • Writing Requirement: Yes with submission of the Upper Division Writing Requirement Form.
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: no
  • Participation: Required but not graded