After completing the course “Introduction to Law and Humanities”, the student is able:|
1. To interpret major works at the intersection of law and the humanities (i.e.: Sophocles’ Antigone; M. L. King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail"; Plato’s Apology of Socrates and Crito, Aristotle’s Politics, Justinian’s Digest; T. Hobbes's Leviathan, I. Kant’s "On Perpetual Peace"; H. Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism; M. Foucault's "Panopticism", D. Cornell's “Living Customary Law and the Law: Does Custom Allow for a Woman to Be Hosi?”; and a number of legal texts (e.g., constitutions, treaties, rulings; cases);
2. To discuss the general themes and questions raised by these works (the human and the non-human/inhuman; human and natural/divine law; natural law, legal positivism and interactionism/legal realism; civil disobedience; the good life; the public and the private sphere; slavery and personhood; ancient and modern democracy; cosmopolitanism and international law; the Western legal tradition and the emergence of the legal order of the European Union; legal pluralism; morality and law; power relations);
3. To compare and to combine the different ways in which law and the humanities approach these themes;
4. To apply these diverging approaches to historical and contemporary cases (e.g., the desecration of corpses; burial rituals; civil disobedience; slavery and exploitation; authoritarianism; capitalism, art and subversion …);
5. To interpret major primary (see 1) and secondary sources in law and humanities.
Please note: This course is for Liberal Arts and Sciences students only!
Curiosity, pen and paper
The main objective of this course is to provide first year students of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Bachelor with an introduction to two of the five major programs offered in this bachelor: Law in an International Context and Arts & Humanities: Past - Present - Future. In these two major programs a number of academic disciplines are taught, often in an interdisciplinary way: law, social sciences, history, philosophy, religious studies, literary and cultural studies.|
Obviously, it is impossible to provide systematic introductions into the basics of all of these academic disciplines separately in one course. Therefore, we will take an integrated and indirect approach. The course will focus on a small number of canonical works in literature and philosophy that address core questions in the fields of law and the humanities. These classical texts come from various historical eras and will be discussed in the context of their time, but also explored for contemporary meanings. In addition, we'll discuss a number of legal texts (e.g. treaties, cases) related to the classical works. A subsidiary objective of the course is to teach students how to read and interpret classical works and legal texts, and how to engage in meaningful discussion about their contemporary relevance.
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