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Children and the Law

  • Typically offered every other year
DescriptionIn this seminar we explore current issues relating to children from the perspective of the child. The issues explored include teenage abortions, fetal protection as it relates to fetal alcohol syndrome, crack and cocaine babies and abortion, child custody, child abuse and neglect, and socially or religiously approved “abuse.” We ask questions such as what rights do or should children have in the areas with which we are concerned? 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?

A paper rather than an exam is required. In addition, each student is required to lead one class discussion.

Meets the WIE or Capstone writing requirement