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L748 Seminar in Law & Psychology of Crime Culp & Punishment

Description This three (3) credit research seminar is co-taught by Professor Joe Hoffmann from the Law School and Professor Jim Sherman from the Psychology Department, and will include both law students and psychology graduate students. We will study the social and cognitive psychology that underlies the criminal law. We will begin each week of the seminar by reading one or more real criminal-law cases that raise one or more difficult moral/legal issues. We will then assign relevant readings from the psychology literature, as well as from the legal literature, in an effort to achieve greater insight into the behavior and perceptions of the legal decision-makers in the cases. Our primary interest will be in the behavior and perceptions of those who have traditionally shaped the doctrines of the criminal law, i.e., lawyers, judges, legislators, and jurors. To put it another way, we will seek to understand the reasons why the substantive doctrines of the criminal law have developed in the way that they have developed. At the end of each seminar meeting, we will return to the cases, and we will discuss the potential legal and social implications of what we have learned. The final grade for the seminar will be based primarily on an interdisciplinary research paper drawing from legal and psychological sources. In addition, in order to ensure that the weekly readings are actually being read, each week we will administer a brief quiz about the week#s readings. The quiz will not be difficult # even a casual reading will get you through it successfully # but the quiz grades will count as 19.5% of the final grade for the seminar.

Faculty J. Hoffmann

SemesterTitleFaculty
Fall 2013 - 2014Seminar in Law & Psychology of Crime Culp & PunishmentHoffmann
Fall 2012 - 2013Seminar in Law & Psychology of Crime Culp & PunishmentHoffmann
Fall 2010 - 2011Seminar in Law & Psychology of Crime Culp & PunishmentHoffmann