LAWS 344 - Law, Science & Technology
 
(3 cr.) This course will explore several areas in which scientific and technological advances have had an impact on the legal system, either by calling for changes in the system itself, of by provoking attempts to impose legal controls on the conduct of scientific research or the uses of scientific knowledge. The difference approaches of law and science to problems of causation and proof will be discussed. Specific topics which may be discussed as illustrative of the problems arising at the interface of law and science include (time permitting): behavioral research and the application of social science data to the legal system, the use of scientific and statistical evidence in court, problems created by the computer, legal regulation of scientific research which poses apparent ethical or health problems, and legal control of technology which poses real or apparent hazards to public health (e.g., nuclear reactors). Every Year, All
 
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