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POLS& 200 - Introduction to Law

5 Credits
Examines the origins, development and philosophy of law. Discusses the functions of law and legal institutions and their roles in our socio-economic systems. Provides an overview of the role of the Courts and the three branches of American government while providing an overview of selected substantive areas of Law (Criminal, Estates/Probate/ Family, Contracts, Real Property)

Course Note Previously BUSN 255 and also LEGAL 100.

Quarters Typically Offered

Fall Day, Online
Winter Online
Spring Online

Designed to Serve Sophomore Business Administration Transfer Students, Paralegal and general transfer students.
Active Date 2011-06-14

Grading System Decimal Grade
Class Limit 38
Contact Hours: Lecture 55 Lab 0 Worksite 0 Clinical 0 Other 0
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
  • Social Science Area I

Course Outline
1. Origins and Philosophy of Law 2. The Constitution and the States 3. Separation of Powers 4. The Bill of Rights 5. Civil and Criminal Law 6. The Role of the Judge, Attorney and Jury 7. Legal Reasoning 8. Survey of selected substantive areas of the law (i.e, Criminal, Estates/Probate, Contracts, Real Property, Family )

Student Learning Outcomes
1. Develop and demonstrate a perspective regarding our system of law in a global context.

2. Distinguish the differences between Civil and Criminal Law.

3. Apply legal reasoning to legal disputes and analyze appropriate legal remedies.

4. Apply the legal ethics mandates that dictate the practice and application of the law

5. Analyze the concept of checks and balances and the evolution of the relationships between the three branches of government.

6. Demonstrate awareness of access to justice issues and historical and modern day reform.

7. Distinguish and analyze the evolutionary and sociological development of the law in response to contemporary societal issues.

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