American Law and the Legal System
|Course code module||MSAMER01A54131|
|Study load (hours)||140|
|Language of instruction:||English|
|Semester exam information:||exam in the 1st and/or 2nd semester|
|Contract restriction information:||exam contract not possible|
A sufficient knowledge of English to read texts at an advanced level, participate in classroom discussions, and adequately formulate ideas in writing.
2. Objectives (expected learning outcomes)
The course is designed to initiate students from widely divergent backgrounds in the workings of the American law and the American legal system. In particular, students are taught to understand important legal concepts and themes and to see how these affect an annually adapted selection of topical cases.
3. Course content
The aim of the course is two-fold. First of all, the course is designed to highlight important legal concepts and themes in the American legal system. It covers topics such as:
- the evolution of law and justice in the historical context;
- the role of law in the modern American society;
- the United States Constitution and federalism;
- American courts and the judicial system;
- civil rights.
Secondly, the course will explore some topical subjects, such as:
- presidential elections;
- class actions;
- death penalty; etc.
4. Teaching method
Direct contact: LecturesSeminars (possible question and answer sessions)
5. Assessment method
Exam: Closed book
Continuous assessment: Participation in classroom activities
6. Compulsory reading – study material
A course reader with selected materials will be provided to students. The materials include judicial decisions, textbook and law review articles.
7. Recommended reading - study material
To be provided with the syllabus during the first class.
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