Law in Film Seminar

Students in this seminar will explore the use of storytelling in film, especially documentary films, to influence viewers’ opinions about the function of law in society by examining legal decisions, statutes and legal commentaries in the context of films, including classic, contemporary mainstream, foreign, documentary and independent films. The seminar entails participants viewing a film outside or in-class followed by class discussion. During the discussion session students will critique the film’s plot, narrative and overall persuasiveness in light of assigned reading materials. By analyzing films and preparing short digital videos students will develop analytical skills that can be applied to judge and create filmic evidence (day-in-the-life and clemency videos or taped jailhouse confessions) used increasingly in contemporary litigation. All students must create a three-five minute digital story and a research paper.

The paper in this course can be used to satisfy the certification requirement.

Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course