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2017-2018 Academic Catalogue 
2017-2018 Academic Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

IS 442 - Law, Morality, and Power

Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 3

This course will examine the nature of law and the role that morality and power play in constituting the law. Is law fundamentally moral, discoverable by reason and necessarily conducive to the common good of society? Or is law nothing more than the commands issued by whoever has the most power? Do citizens have a moral obligation to obey the law, or are such claims, themselves, expressions of power? When judges interpret the law, do they too have obligations, or must we simply expect them to act as agents of a particular social, political, and economic group? These and other questions related to a deeper understanding of law and legal systems will be the focus of this course.