Law in Amercian Society Syllabus Fall 2010

Law in Amercian Society Syllabus Fall 2010 - TEMPLE...

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TEMPLE UNIVERSITY THE FOX SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT Department of Legal Studies Law in American Society Law 0856 Fall 2010 – Professor Samuel D. Hodge, Jr. Tuesday and Thursday - 8:00 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. SYLLABUS ________________________________________________________________________________ Objectives: Law is one of the most important forces that shapes and regulates conduct in both an individual and societal setting. The legal system in the United States is unlike any other in the world so this course will examine the development, complexity and diversity of the laws in America. By establishing a framework that dictates the relationships between individuals and society, the law influences most aspects of life and creates social norms. It is a work in progress; in more than 200 years, it has evolved to encompass waves of political, economic, and social change. Those who depart from established norms are subjected to a variety of punishments ranging from civil lawsuits to criminal prosecution. Understanding the American legal system—its history, structure, and conceptual basis—is essential to becoming a fully participatory member of society. Indeed, educated citizens should be aware of the ways in which the law is structured and impacts their lives in both an individual and societal setting. Topics include the history and development of the law, the structure of the American government, the types of laws that regulate behavior in both a public and private setting, as well as the political, social, ethical, and economic forces that influence the changing nature of the law. This course is part of the General Education (Gen Ed) program. Gen Ed intends to develop your ability to think, problem-solve and communicate effectively. Gen Ed courses are designed to help you understand how your professor’s field of study relates to important controversies, issues or themes, and/or how it is connected to other fields of study. The overall goal of the program is that you become active in the process of learning, not only absorbing facts, but finding, evaluating and using information to create new knowledge. There are nine areas in Gen Ed, each with its own set of goals. This course fulfills the U.S. Society area of the program. Book: Law and American Society , Hodge, McGraw Hill Publishing Company, First Edition (2008).
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COURSE REQUIREMENTS 1. GRADING ASSIGNMENT POINT VALUE Written Assignments 15 Research Paper 20 Group Project 20 Clicker Quizzes 10 Mid-Term 50 Final Exam 60 TOTAL 175 A . Grading is based on a total point score of 175. There are two examinations worth a combined 110 points; written assignments will provide an additional 15 points; a research paper will provide 20 points; a group project is worth 20 points; and class participation by use of the clicker system will be worth 10 points. B
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