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Courses - Fall 2024
MPower Undergraduate Law Programs
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07/17/2024 at 10:30 PM
Justice and the Law
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Course enrollment is restricted to students in the College Park Scholars Justice and Legal Thought Program (CPJT).
An exploration into the relationship between justice and law, including psychological, philosophical, political and legal approaches to justice, as well as an analytical framework for understanding human rights.
Introduction to Law and Social Inquiry
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must be in the Law and Society (MLAW) minor.
An exploration of the relationship between law and society from an interdisciplinary perspective. Major themes cover the impact of law on society, society on law and social change.
Law and Legal Institutions in Social Context
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: MLAW304.
Restriction: Must be a student in the Law and Society Minor.
An exploration of case law, statutes, and regulations separately and together in their social context.
Citizenship and Naturalization in America
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must be in the Law and Society minor (MLAW); or must be in College Park Scholars Justice and Legal Thought (CPJT).
Notions of who is an American - and who is not - are deeply rooted in the American ethos. Although the United States has long been praised for its inclusiveness vis-a-vis citizenship - including a policy of jus soli, or birthright citizenship - a closer look reveals a difficult history involving the categorical exclusion of many groups from American citizenship. We will examine this history, focusing particularly on Black and Native Americans and immigrants, and drawing upon legal cases, historical texts, and personal narratives detailing the lived experiences of those seeking American citizenship. We will trace this history to the present and explore the current process and requirements for becoming an American citizen. Students will have an opportunity to engage guests and discussions from the Maryland Carey School of Law and other experts.
Selected Topics in Law and Society; Tackling Trafficking: The Legal System's Responses to Human Trafficking
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Selected Topics in Law and Society; Introduction to Constitutional Law
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisites: GVPT170 and GVPT331. Jointly offered with GVPT431. Credit only granted for GVPT431 or MLAW358X.
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Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Experience
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Special topics in Law and Society; The US Supreme Court and American Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
This course investigates the United States Supreme Court and its role in politics, government, and society. Other than its constitutional justification, why do we need and have a U.S. Supreme Court? What are some of the most important opinions issued by the Supreme Court that changed society, for the good, and bad? Who are the Court's most important justices? And most of all, how does the Court work?

This course will trace the development of the constitutional doctrine of the Court, the growth of the Court's institutional power, and the Court s interaction with Congress, the president, and society. Discussed are major constitutional law decisions, their political contexts, and the social and behavioral factors that affect judges, justices, and federal court jurisprudence. There will be a strong emphasis on how the Court's decisions have impacted law and society and how the Court helps to maintain a certain kind of society.
Special topics in Law and Society; Restorative Justice to the Power of Three
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restorative justice is dawning in our society as an alternative to the traditional, punitive, and hierarchical methods of discipline and conflict resolution. This interactive, experience-based course, will equip you to resolve conflict and bring healing to situations throughout your life, and facilitate restorative interventions and applications.
Law and Society Internship
Credits: 1 - 4
Grad Meth: Reg
Restricted to students within the Law and Society minor.