Law & Popular Culture

Course number: LAW 3980

Overview

This course is a perspective, research paper course and offers an in-depth exploration of popular cultural texts such as television programs and films that are concerned with law and justice themes. We will examine these texts with a view to discovering how popular culture constitutes law and how law helps create popular cultural understandings of justice.  We will use a number of theoretical approaches including:  critical legal studies, feminist legal theory, conflict resolution theory, and cultural studies theory.  These theories will inform our readings of each of the popular culture texts and will assist us in our critique of the jurisprudence offered in films and TV shows.  Active participation is required, students are expected to come prepared to every class, and students must watch the assigned films and television programs prior to coming to class.

Instructor: Dr. Jennifer L. Schulz

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