Introduction to law and public institutions
|Course code module||1BPSW-02|
|Study load (hours)||168|
|Language of instruction:||Dutch|
|Semester exam information:||exam in the 2nd semester|
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Degree secondary education
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2. Objectives (expected learning outcomes)
1) ability to situate the phenomenon of law as a social institution: what is the function of the law, how do the institutions function, which are the sources of law and how do they relate
2) Knowledge about what subjective rights are, how they emerge, are executed and dissapear aznd the basic principles concerning freedom of contract, tort and abuse of rights.
3) Understanding of the way legal and social institutions are interwoven and application to cases related to tort and marriage
4) Understanding of law as in instrument to protect persons against arbitrary government action. Basic insight in principles of proper administration, law making and jurisdiction; basic insight in the way human rights protect persons 5) Knowledge of the institutions where political power is executed, the history and basic principles which govern public institutions.
6) Insight in relations of political power and their relation with public institutions.
7) Application of the subject-matter to actuality.
8) Being able to discuss subjects relating to the course: situate, evaluate, criticise.
3. Course content
In the first part the course offers an introduction to objective law: a definition of law as a legal system and the sources of law: legislation, case law, doctrine, costums, principles of law and equity. Specific attention goes to rules which dominate the relation government - individual persons: principles of proper legislation, administration and jurisdiction, and human rights. The course also deals with persons as subjects of law, giving attention to categories of subjective rights in general and freedom of contract in particular. The relation between society and law is discussed by means of two case topics: marriage and tort.
In the second part follows an overview of the fundamental principles which govern the Belgian state organisation, of the public institutions on national and international level and of the the way in which political powers functions within these structures. The federal institutions, the regional and community institutions and the European Union and United Nations are highlighted.
4. Teaching method
Direct contact: Lectures
5. Assessment method
Exam: Written, without oral presentationClosed book
6. Compulsory reading – study material
There is a written syllabus. On Blackboard appear ppt. presentations, schemes and documentation on a weekly basis.
7. Recommended reading - study material
The assistent, Werner Vandenbruwaene, gives two repetition classes and a trial exam.
Students can ask questions to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org on a permanent basis. Written questions and answers are put on Blackboard, available for all students.
laatste aanpassing: last update: 16/12/2010 11:13 patricia.popelier