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Freedom, Responsibility, and Neuroscience (Morse)
Fall 2019   LAW 925-001  

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Meeting Times/Location
T 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Silverman Hall 270

Faculty
Stephen J. Morse

Ferdinand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law; Professor of Psychology and Law in Psychiatry; Associate Director, Center for Neuroscience & Society

smorse@law.upenn.edu
Additional Information

Skills Training
Other Professional Skills:

Grading
15% Participation,
85% Paper

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

No

Category
Seminar

Credits
3.0

This seminar will consider the potential contribution of neuroscience to criminal law doctrine, policy and practice law by reading new books that address the central questions. Attendance, preparation and participation are strictly required.

Course Concentrations

Criminal Law and Procedure
Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of criminal law and procedure; Perform legal analysis in the context of criminal law and procedure; Communicate effectively on topics related to criminal law and procedure; Demonstrate an understanding of the role criminal law and procedure play in society and their impact on other areas of law and society.

Health Law
Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of health law and policy; Perform legal analysis in the context of health law and policy; Communicate effectively on topics related to health law and policy; Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnection among health law and policy and issues of access to services, public and private financing of health industries, and the political and economic issues surrounding issues of health law and health services.

Perspectives on the Law
Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of how the law affects, and is affected by, the individual course topic; Perform legal analysis in the context of the individual course topic; Communicate effectively on the legal and other aspects of the individual course topic; Demonstrate the ability to use other disciplines to analyze legal issues relevant to the individual course topic, including economics, philosophy, and sociology, as appropriate.


Textbooks

"Responsible Brains: Neuroscience, Law, and Human Culpability" by William Hirstein, Katrina L. Sifferd, & Tyler K. Fagan
Edition: 2018
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262038782
Required

"Why Free Will is Real" by Christian List
Edition: May 6, 2019
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674979581
Required