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					     COURSE OUTLINE
            AUL 101
INTRODUCTION TO COMMON LAW AND
     AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM

          2010/2011
                                        AUL 101
INTRODUCTION TO COMMON LAW AND AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM


A.   TITLE:
     INTRODUCTION TO COMMON LAW AND AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM

B.   COURSE NUMBER:
     AUL 101

C.   U.S. CREDIT HOURS:
     3 (6 ECTS)

D.   WRITING INTENSIVE COURSE (OPTIONAL):
     NA

E.   COURSE LENGTH:
     15 weeks

F.   SEMESTER(S) OFFERED:

G.   HOURS OF LECTURE:


H.   CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION:
     This course will serve as an introduction to students by discussing fundamental concepts
     of the (mostly U.S.) common law system. It will introduce students to legal institutions, the
     structure of the common law system, sources of law, structure of the courts, civil procedure,
     and more. It will also cover common law case analysis and reasoning. Specific attention will
     be given to questions of contracts and torts in common law, the concept of trust, and the
     specifics of the adversarial system. Another area of particular importance will be the central
     role of the “case law,” the analysis of cases to determine their actual “holdings,” the reach of
     “precedent” and of “res judicata” mostly based on the US case law.

I.   PRE-REQUISITES/CO-COURSES:
     NA

J.   STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
     This course will specifically provide training and assess students on the following learning
     outcomes:

     - research-based writing skills
     At the end of the course, students should be able to address a substantial research question
     using available evidence to support the thesis, arguments and conclusions.

     - effective oral presentations skills
     At the end of the course, student should thus be able to summarize, present and discuss
     ideas and arguments orally in a clear, effective and engaging way.
                                        AUL 101
INTRODUCTION TO COMMON LAW AND AMERICAN LEGAL SYSTEM


     - critical thinking skills
     At the end of the course, students should be able to identify, analyze and evaluate arguments
     as they are presented orally or in writing.

     - informed, in-depth knowledge of common law problems due to a comparative perspective
     At the end of the course, students should be able to benefit from a comparative approach
     based on substantial in-depth knowledge of major concepts, values, rules and principles in
     common law which are relevant to everyday structures and operations of the common law
     legal system.

K.   TEXTS:

L.   REFERENCES:

M.   COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
     Students must attend all sessions. Missing more than 1 class without justification may result
     in failing the courses. Students must do the required reading prior to each class.

N.   ASSESSMENT:

O.   TEACHING METHODS:
     Combination of interactive lectures, seminars, debates, class discussions, simulations, stu
     dents’ presentations.

P.   EQUIPMENT:

Q.   GRADING METHOD

R.   MEASUREMENT CRITERIA:

S.   DETAILED TOPICAL OUTLINE:

T.   LABORATORY OUTLINE:
     NA

				
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