Law and Society

This course introduces students to law and legal systems in the United States by examining the U.S. Justice Systems approach to criminal law, constitutional law, civil law and individual rights. This course will work to give students a better understanding of law and how it affects their life, engaging students in a critical examination of their legal responsibilities and rights. Students will read and discuss practical legal problems, contemporary legal issues, and the ramifications of breaking the law. 


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Unit 1: Introduction to Law and The Legal System

  • What is Law?
  • The Bystander Effect Case Study
  • Lawmaking
  • Advocacy
  • Conflict Resolution
  • The State Court System
  • The Federal Court System
  • Case Study of Gideon v. Wainwright

Unit 2: Constitutional Law

  • Constitutional Law
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Case Study of Tinker v. Des Moines
  • Freedom of the Press
  • Prior Restraint Case Study
  • Freedom of Religion
  • Due Process
  • Privacy Rights
  • Discrimination
  • Case of Brown v. Board of Education

Unit 3: Criminal Law

  • Introduction to Criminal Law
  • Gun Control
  • Crimes against the Person
  • The Case of the Dying Patient
  • Crimes against Property
  • Defenses
  • The Investigation
  • Pretrial Proceedings
  • The Trial
  • Sentencing and Corrections
  • Capital Punishment Case Stud

Unit 4: Civil Law

  • Introduction to Civil Law
  • Intentional Torts
  • Negligence
  • Strict Liability
  • Torts and Public Policy
  • Defenses to Torts