L8792 S. Criminal Law and Neuroscience

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Course Limitations

Instructor Pre-requisites
None

Instructor Co-requisites
None

Recommended Courses
Criminal Law, Evidence, Mental Health Law

Other Limitations
None

Learning Outcome Goals

Primary Goals

  • Students will learn a set of legally relevant ‘neuroscience fundamentals’, namely how the brain works, different types of brain measurement and monitoring methods, and how brain-based assessments integrate psychological and behavioral evaluations.
  • Students will develop a critical knowledge of the scholarly debate about the challenges of neuroscientific advances for culpability-related doctrines.
  • Students will analyze possible implications of neuroscientific knowledge for the criminal responsibility and correctional treatment of selected types of offenders, namely psychopathic offenders, violent offenders, and drug-addicted offenders.
  • Students will learn to evaluate critically the relevance and use of neuroscience arguments as part of determinations of criminal responsibility, in sentencing, and in the prediction of criminality.
  • Students will evaluate the neuropsychology of decision-making applied to jurors and judges.
  • Students will analyze the neuroscientific challenges to dominant punitive approaches.
  • Students will develop a better understanding of how neuroscience research might be designed in order to revise, or improve, correctional interventions. various lawyering skills, for example, oral advocacy, legal writing and drafting, legal research, negotiation, mediation, working collaboratively, client communication, and case theory and planning

General Information

Type: Seminar
Level: Upperclass
Areas of Study: Criminal Law and Procedure
Additional Attributes: New Course