All students take two 3-credit courses. The courses have no prerequisites. To orient students on Scots laws and institutions, the program includes several field trips and guest speakers.
Course for 2017 will include courses on comparative criminal law and comparative health law. Exact course descriptions will be posted in February 2017.
Crime and Punishment: A Comparative Perspective (3 credits)
Professor John Bessler and Dr. Susan Stokeld
This course will present a comparative overview of crimes and punishments in the world’s principal legal systems, and it will also explore the fundamental and procedural rights of defendants in criminal cases. It will focus on the courts of the United States and Europe, including proceedings involving adults and juveniles. However, it will also provide an overview of other legal systems and punishment practices—whether in civil law, common law, or authoritarian countries—around the globe. In addition, the course will explore relevant provisions of international and regional human rights treaties. The course will explore the history of the Enlightenment and the criminal law writings of figures such as Montesquieu, Voltaire, Cesare Beccaria, Dr. Benjamin Rush, Thomas Jefferson and Jeremy Bentham; issues such as interrogations, criminal procedure, torture, sentencing, capital punishment, and solitary confinement; and other contemporary topics pertaining to judicial systems, prisons and penitentiaries, and the rule of law. This course provides students with the opportunity to do research on a comparative criminal law topic of their choice. The course will be evaluated on the basis of a final paper.
Comparative Health Law (3 credits)
Professors Diane Hoffmann and Anne-Michelle Slater
Method of Assessment: Final Exam