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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2017-18

GOVT 86.26 Great Trials in History

We shall be studying the most famous courtroom dramas in world history: the trials of Socrates, Jesus, Joan of Arc, Thomas More, Galileo, Oscar Wilde and John Scopes. We shall be comparing the historical account and a literary account of each trial: do we find truth best in history or in literature? Each of these trials raises profound questions about the relationship between law and justice. Why are these most famous trials also the most infamous? In every case, someone widely regarded as innocent was convicted. Do law and legal procedures promote justice? Or is law just another tool used by the powerful to suppress the weak?



Distributive and/or World Culture


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18W: 12