Spring 2023

Law and Waste 

Listed in: Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, as LJST-321


Michaela J. Brangan (Section 01)


[Analytic Seminar] “Waste" is so widely used in common parlance that it hardly seems necessary to reconsider its meaning. Yet, it is not always apparent what principles determine what is use and what is waste, why, whom that determination affects, and how. This seminar will examine how different concepts of waste relate to law and authority. “Waste” in the common law is historically linked to land possession. But the law that determines whether an act, a thing, or even a person is “waste” has implications not solely for private property, but for due process, the environment, labor, finance, and the long history of colonization. Descriptions of bodies, cultures, and lands in terms of waste have legally justified exploitation and violence by states and powerful non-state actors, and have thus shaped our world. How do we reconcile the familiar imperative to avoid waste with modern demands for order and justice? We will look closely at this question as we explore the social and legal construction of waste. 

Limited to 15 students. Spring semester. Visiting Assistant Professor Brangan.

How to handle overenrollment: priority given to LJST majors

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Class interaction (small groups); writing ( formal/informal); presentation; study course materials

LJST 321 - LEC

Section 01
M 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM CHAP 210


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2023