Introduction- BUL6444 - INTRODUCTIONUnit I LAW, ETHICS...

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INTRODUCTION—Unit I I. DEFINITIONS A. What is law? B. What are ethics? C. Issues to consider: 1. If an act is legal is it also ethical? 2. If an act is illegal is it automatically unethical? 3. Does legal compliance=ethical behavior? II. Jurisprudence—The science, philosophy, study of law. A. Legal Systems There are two types of legal systems in the world; the COMMON LAW & the CIVIL LAW 1. The Common Law a. Developed by the British and taken with them everywhere they colonized. Thus, the United States and other former British colonies follow the common law tradition. These include Canada, various Caribbean islands, India and other countries in Africa, as well as the near-and-far east. b. The common law is a legal tradition based on legal precedent (stare decisis). Courts rely on prior court decisions in rendering current opinions. Binding precedent-lower courts are bound by the decisions of courts superior to
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