Syllabus Spring 2011(2)

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TEMPLE UNIVERSITYError: Reference source not found THE FOX SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT Department of Legal Studies Law and American Society Law SBA 0856 Anthony St. Joseph, Esq., M.A. Sec. 005 Spring 2011 SYLLABUS ________________________________________________________________________________ Objectives: Law is one of the most important forces that shapes and regulates conduct in both an individual and society 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 society 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 goal of the program overall 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). PART ONE
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LAW AND AMERICAN SOCIETY The United States is a country of laws that govern most aspects of the lives of its citizens. This segment of the course will explore some of the building blocks that make up the American legal system. I. CHAPTER ONE ---AN OVERVIEW A. Modern System – Who makes the laws and rules that govern society? 1) Common Law – Judge made law 2) Statutory Law – Law made by the legislature B. Historical Development of the Law – Where did the legal system in the United States originate? 1)
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