A Communion of Subjects: Law, Environment and Religion

Spring 2017
T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Area V
Permission Required
Limited Enrollment
Course Description: 

We are building upon these interdisciplinary strengths by instituting a new course at Yale primarily for students in the Schools of Divinity, Forestry, and Law, with space reserved for students from each school to ensure a diverse class roster. the course will focus on the scholarship and practice of leading figures who work at the intersection of law, environment, and religion. These figures will be brought to Yale to participate in a discussion series that will form the core of the course. 

In preparation for the speakers’ visits, teams of students will be assigned to study deeply the writing and actions of a designated speaker. Class sessions during this preparatory phase will resemble a traditional graduate seminar, with readings and discussion designed to stimulate engagement with the most challenging and vital questions facing the “communion” of law, environment, and religion.

Background Expected: 


Course Requirements: 

Students are expected to attend class and participate in the discussion and interview processes.

Students will prepare research reports and questions on the speakers’ life work and writings related to the themes of the course.

Students will post online responses to the speakers’ interviews.

Basis of Evaluation: 

Participation in Class Discussions 20%

Research Report on Interviewees 30%

Interview Questions                   15%

Postings online on ClassesV2       20%

Oral Presentations                     15%