University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Spring 2018

Course Description
The interdisciplinary field of law and emotion challenges the long-held belief that the legal system can and should operate on reason alone—and that emotion is the enemy of reason. Every field that studies decision-making, including psychology, neuroscience, and sociology, has concluded that emotion is part of the decision-making process. This course examines how law can reflect a more realistic, sophisticated understanding of emotions and their impact on legal actors, legal reasoning, and legal decision-making. For example, should judges exercise empathy or would that conflict with the rule of law? Should it matter whether defendants are remorseful, and if so, can law evaluate remorse? Should doctors be encouraged to apologize for mistakes in treatment? Is legal education too focused on deductive logic at the expense of the emotional and moral components of reasoning? On what grounds does evidence law exclude gruesome photos and allow excited utterances? What affects what jurors remember and which witnesses jurors trust? These are just a few examples of a larger point. Emotion pervades the law. We ought to learn how to evaluate it.

Short Course Attendance Policy
Due to the small number of meetings, attendance to all meetings/classes for short courses is mandatory. Students who miss more than one class session (80 minute) of a 1-credit short course are subject to administrative withdrawal and will have a W for the course on their transcripts.

Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 02-19-2018 - 02-24-2018  

Dates Day Time Room
02-19-2018 - 02-22-2018   MTWR  12:30 PM-1:50 PM F109
02-23-2018 - 02-23-2018   F  2:00 PM-5:00 PM F109
02-24-2018 - 02-24-2018   S  10:00 AM-1:00 PM F109

Course Frequency
Occasional course offering

Course Information

Credits: 1
Pass/Fail Option: No
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: The grade for this course will be based on class participation plus three short reflection papers (two due during the course and the third due two weeks after class ends).
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course: None
Special Attributes:
New Course
Short Course
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None



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