Description: Examination of the relationship between law and technological change, and the ways in which law, economics, and technological change shape public policy. Areas addressed include: responses of the legal system to problems created by new or existing technology; how law can be used to influence and guide technological change; how law and markets interact to limit or encourage technological development; and how law can affect the distribution of wealth and social justice. Topics covered include genetic engineering; telecommunications; health, safety, and environmental regulation; cost/benefit analysis as a decision tool; public participation in governmental decisions affecting science and technology; and law and economics as competing paradigms to encourage sustainability.
Course #: 15.655
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