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HUMBIO 171

The Death Penalty: Human Biology, Law, and Policy

School of Humanities & Sciences

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[ Academia ] [ Litigation ] [ Regulatory & Policy ] Criminal Law: General

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[ Academia ] [ Litigation ] [ Regulatory & Policy ] as a Relevant Course outside SLS for those interested in Criminal Justice : Criminal lawyers who work with death penalty cases need to understand the policy debates surrounding capital punishment. This course includes both policy and science perspectives, offering students an opportunity to participate in a real case. Particularly those students interested in criminal jurisprudence and policy work should consider taking one or more policy courses.

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Combines academic study with student participation in forensic research and case investigation, including DNA evidence, psychological and physiological development, mental and physical disabilities, and witness interviews. The philosophy, structure, and application of capital punishment in the U.S. Goal is to examine and challenge the issues involved in the death penalty from the perspective of involvement in a real case. Course not taught from a preconceived belief or political or philosophical agenda except to involve students in an intellectual challenge of policy and philosophy. Prerequisite: Human Biology core or equivalent, or consent of instructor.

Course Style: A Substantive/ Perspective course looks at law from an external or non-traditional standpoint.

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