Spring 2016

The Law, the Human, and the Person: Corporate Legal Theory and Corporate Representation

Listed in: Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, as LJST-228


Sharif Youssef (Section 01)


Recent rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court that posit corporations as persons transform our law, culture and understanding of what it means to be a "person" (Citizens United (2010); Hobby Lobby (2014). This course concerns the corporate person and the assumptions behind this legal doctrine, derived from the the law of the household. We will explore corporate legal theory, its compatibility with public law and the corporation’s access to rights. Special attention will be paid to the way the notion of the corporate personhood entails a shift in how we understand specific rights, such as rights to expressive and religious freedom. In addition to the unique nature of corporate expression, students will also examine fictional and popular representations of the corporation. The course is thoroughly interdisciplinary, so students will have the opportunity to engage in discourses outside of their training and comfort zone.

Limited to 30 students. Spring semester. Visiting Professor Youssef.

If Overenrolled: priority given to LJST and English Majors

Cost: 4.20 ?


Attention to Writing


2021-22: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2016