Stuart Alan Streichler
B CUSP 202
Introduction to the structure of the legal system. Covers how the United States legal system reflects and forms social values; resolves disputes; deals with criminal procedures; addresses torts and contracts; and examines the functioning of the Constitution. Offered: AWSp.
This course examines basic legal concepts, a sampling of major judicial decisions, the operation of courts in the United States, trial practice, and the overall question of justice in a legal system. Some attention is given to the way in which law is portrayed in literature and in different cultures and historical periods.
Student learning goals
To develop critical thinking skills by analyzing competing arguments on legal issues.
To analyze the advantages and limitations of legal institutions.
To learn how to read and interpret judicial opinions and legal texts.
To evaluate the extent to which the legal system promotes justice.
General method of instruction
Discussion with some lecture.
Class assignments and grading
Tests, presentation, class participation, paper.