Law and Culture in American Film


Course Code:
LAW 347
Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail


In this course we will attend to representations of law in 20th century American film – particularly Westerns, gangster films, and courtroom dramas. The themes we will address include: the asymmetry of law and justice, the relationship between law and social change, the public and private identities of lawyers, anxiety that the rule of law fails individuals and minorities, and the disciplinary modes of both law and culture. We will also attend to the convergence of narrative, visual, aural, and dramatic practices in legal proceedings and cinematic productions.nSpecial instructions: Course requirements include class attendance and participation, three short response papers, and two longer papers. For Research "R" credit, students must complete one long paper based on independent research. After the term begins, students accepted into the course can transfer from section (01) into section (02), which meets the R requirement, with consent of the instructor.nElements used in grading: Class participation, attendance, assignments, final paper.nAutomatic grading penalty waived for writers. This course is open to first year Law School students. Writing (W) credit is for 3Ls only.

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