1.20 - LEGAL STUDIES 161 Professor Robert Berring 1/20/09...

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LEGAL STUDIES 161 Professor Robert Berring 1/20/09 Lecture 1 ASUC Lecture Notes Online is the only authorized note-taking service at UC Berkeley. Do not share, copy or illegally distribute (electronically or otherwise) these notes. Our student-run program depends on your individual subscription for its continued existence. These notes are copyrighted by the University of California and are for your personal use only. D O N O T C O P Y Sharing or copying these notes is illegal and could end note taking for this course. LECTURE This is Legal Studies 161 and I am Professor Berring. I want to accomplish a couple of tasks today. I want to talk a little bit about the class so you can decide if you want to take it or not. I will talk a little bit about the rules for the class and chart out where I think we will go this semester. Then I will reflect a little bit on why studying China and its laws are a good idea. I am going to read through the list of people who the computer thinks are registered in the class. There are no sections this week but it will start next week. This is not a class on how to set up a manufacturing facility in a special economics zone in China. It is not a class on how to find a job with an enterprise in China. I am not going to assume you have a great deal of knowledge about China or that you speak Chinese. I will not assume that you are knowledgeable about law. Class overview. We are going to start at the beginning. We are going to begin the class looking at traditional Chinese law and social structure. There is a reading on Confucius on bspace. On Thursday I am going to do the only lecture on nothing but law. I am going to provide a framework on looking at any social structure. I am going to provide an analysis of relationships that are often thought of as legal. After that we will look at Confucian ideas and the legalists. The first few weeks of the class are going to be about ancient thinkers. I started teaching this course in 1982. Think about how China has changed completely
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