Course SyllabusJump to TodayPOLS 200: Intro to Law; Winter Quarter 2019Instructor: Frank Primiani, J.D., Attorney at LawSection A #7843 and Section B: #7847 (double section)Office: Salish Hall 220-58, Office Hours:11am-12 noon daily or byappointmentPhone #:253-833-9111 ext. 4397 e-mail:[email protected]"Law Book on a Shelf"(Links to an external site.)Links to an externalsite.byumjanedoan(Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.islicensed underCC BY 2.0(Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.Course Description:This is a holistic, case method course which uses a critical thinking model tointroduce the U.S. legal system through an examination of severalsubstantive areas of law. We will discover procedural and jurisdiction issues,constitutional law, survey of crimes, torts; including negligence, productliability, and property issues. The business environment perspective isconsidered, along with the historical and social context within which lawshave emerged. Discusses structure of American legal system, andinvestigates sources of law for that system. Some comparative law may alsobe covered.Satisfies social science distribution requirement for AA or AB-DTA degree. Prerequisite: Reading 94, or be eligible for Reading 104. Thiscourse is also a pre-requisite for BUS 201 (business law) for the AB-DTAdegree.Textbooks and materials:Required textbook: Primiani, J.D.Processing the Law; A HolisticApproach.Also required is also a small blue booklet entitledMiniature Guideto Critical Thinking, Concepts and Tools, by Paul and Elder which is adjacentto the textbooks in the bookstore. We will start the course with this booklet.Also Recommended: A. Clausen, J.D. Study Guide for Processing the Lawtextbook,Websites:This is the instructor's websitebe sure to bookmark this site! The informationon this site may change periodically, but has much useful information. Checkwith the instructor before relying upon specific information. There is also a
classcanvas sitewhich has much information to supplement the course.Both of these sites are linked to aninstructor's wiki site(Links to an externalsite.)Links to an external site., which will provide a mechanism for additionalstudent participation and discussion.Introduction:The purpose of this course is to expose you to several broad areas of law andthe general context within which legal disputes are resolved. This course canrequire a significant amount of participation, which may include group work.Reading comprehension and class attendance/participation is an importantcomponent of this class and your grade. If English is your second language,you are encouraged to have your reading comprehension evaluated on theCompass Test at the Testing Center, or take a Legal Terminology class (Bus E109), which may be taken concurrently with POLS 200. A Tutor may beavailable for the course, but the instructor or tutor will not devote much timeto basic language interpretation.