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8896.03 - Law & Genetics
Professor: Ellen E. Deason
Semester: 2013 Spring
Second Writing Requirement? Yes
Professional Responsibility? No
Means of Assessment: Take-home exam OR paper
Special Notes: Note that this class is NOT a seminar.
This class provides an opportunity to examine the process by which law responds to rapid changes in scientific knowledge and technology and also the ways in which law affects the course of scientific development. In addition to gaining a perspective on this interaction between the development of law and science, the course aims to give students an understanding of the wide range of legal and policy issues involving genetics. These include topics in criminal law and procedure, employment and insurance discrimination, privacy, health and medicine, reproductive technologies, intellectual property, and environmental and food safety, and torts. In addition to traditional in-class discussion of the reading materials, we will watch and discuss the film GATTACA, which depicts a future world of genetically-engineered enhanced humans.
As the list of topics suggests, the course is in some ways a survey, in that it ranges across many areas of law. Based on your interests, experience, and prior classes you may want to delve into an area more deeply than we can do in class. Therefore, you will have an option to satisfy your secondary writing requirement with a 12-15 page paper that examines a topic related to the course. Alternatively, you may choose to write a take-home exam. The format for the exam is designed to give you flexibility within the exam period. You will have about 10 days to complete it and the question(s) will have word limits.
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