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Freedom, Responsibility, and Neuroscience (Morse/Wax)
Fall 2020   LAW 925-001  

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Meeting Times/Location
T 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Silverman Hall 280

Faculty
Amy Wax

Robert Mundheim Professor of Law

awax@law.upenn.edu
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
Oral Presentations
Other Professional Skills: Analytic reasoning.

Grading
15% Participation,
85% Paper

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

With Permission of Instructor

Location

Class meets in person.

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- If absence is necessary, students will be expected to get the notes from other students and to do the reading.

Category
Seminar

Credits
3.0

This seminar will consider the potential contribution of neuroscience to criminal law and responsibility generally reading one new book, Mechanical Choices by Michael S. Moore (Oxford University Press, 2020), that address the central questions. Moore's work is complex rigorous and interdisciplinary. It does not require a background in philosophy or neuroscience, Both instructors have a background in neuroscience and law and strong familiarity with philosophy.

We will read it in weekly chunks. Each class will begin with one or two predesignated students beginning discussion with one or two issues they would like to discuss, including asking for help from other students and the instructors about things they don't understand. As a result, attendance, preparation, and participation are strictly required.

The seminar will be taught in person by both instructors.

Course Concentrations

Skills Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of the individual course skill; Demonstrate the ability to receive and implement feedback; Demonstrate an understanding of how and when the individual course skill is employed in practice.

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

"Mechanical Choices" by Michael S. Moore
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Oxford
ISBN: 9780190863999
Required