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Children and the Law

  • Typically offered every other year

DescriptionIn this class we explore current issues relating to children from the perspective of the child. Topics will include abortion, child custody, abuse and neglect, foster care, the rights of family integrity and association, free speech in schools, the rights of minors to make medical decisions, and adoption. We ask questions such as, what rights do or should children have? How are those rights protected and how can they be better protected? What to do when the rights of the child conflict with the rights of the parent(s)? How far can the state intrude into domestic life to resolve these problems?

Several short writing assignments will be required, as well as an essay-based exam. In addition, each student is required to lead one class discussion.