Comparative Law

Subject 730-332 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Contracts, Torts, Property , Trusts, Legal Method and Reasoning, Obligations.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Professor C Jordan
Subject Overview: This course will have four main components. First, there will be a consideration of the goals, purposes and methodology of comparative legal research, including consideration of current issues. Secondly, there will be a broad overview of major legal traditions of the world (chthonic, civil law, common law, Talmudic, Islamic, Asian, Hindu). Thirdly, there will be a more detailed analysis and comparison of the origins and sources of the two major Western legal traditions, the Anglo-American common law and the continental European civil, or Roman, law tradition. Finally, the course will consider some substantive law topics (property, obligations) from a comparative perspective.
Assessment: Three hour open book examination worth 100%. Class participation may also be taken into account with respect to the final grade.
Prescribed Texts: Schlesinger, et al., Comparative law – Cases – Text – Materials, 6 th ed. (New York: Foundation Press, 1998); Glenn, Legal Traditions ofthe World, 2 nd ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004; note that 3 rd ed. is in preparation). Some supplemental readings will be available online.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills: On completion of the subject students should have developed the following generic skills: (i) the ability to identify the origins and major characteristics of a legal system; (ii) the ability to compare legal concepts and institutions across systems; (iii) at a very basic level, the ability to apply certain legal concepts drawn from a non-common law system to a fact based problem.

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