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The American Legal System (Amerykański system prawny)

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Kod przedmiotu: 4219-IALSk3-OG Kod Erasmus / ISCED: 08.9 / (0229) Nauki humanistyczne (inne)
Nazwa przedmiotu: The American Legal System (Amerykański system prawny)
Jednostka: Ośrodek Studiów Amerykańskich
Grupy: Przedmioty ogólnouniwersyteckie na Uniwersytecie Warszawskim
Przedmioty ogólnouniwersyteckie OSA
Przedmioty ogólnouniwersyteckie przez Internet (platforma edukacyjna)
Przedmioty ogólnouniwersyteckie ścisłe
Punkty ECTS i inne: 3.00
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Język prowadzenia: angielski
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Założenia (opisowo):

No Prerequisites.

Tryb prowadzenia:


Skrócony opis:

This course will introduce the graduate student to the History of the American Legal System as it evolved from British common law and gained its own independence in the United States from 04 July 1776. Focus will be on traditional legal disciplines ranging from constitutional criminal law to the law of contracts, (real) property, intellectual property, and torts, to the more modern administrative and regulatory laws and practices, domestic relations law, sales and leases, warranties and product liability laws, and laws that attempt to regulate the internet. In addition, some attention will focus on the institutions that supervise the administration of justice in America: courts of law and equity, administrative law bodies, independent regulatory agencies, plus arbitration and mediation organisations (collectively known as Alternative Dispute Resolution, or “ADR”).

Pełny opis:

Ważna uwaga.

Decyzją Dyrektora Centrum Studiów Amerykańskich uzgodnioną przez nasz Wydział NIE DOPUSZCZA SIĘ WIĘCEJ NIŻ DWA (2) NIEOBECNOŚCI W ŻADNYM KURSIE, z pretekstem lub bez pretekstu medycznego. Po trzeciej nieobecności z jakiegokolwiek powodu nie zostanie wystawiona ocena, a Kurs musi zostać powtórzony w innym terminie. Zasada ta dotyczy wszystkich kursów ASC od spotkania pierwszej klasy do ostatniego spotkania klasy, w tym egzaminu. Pytania należy kierować do doradcy do spraw studenckich i kierownika studiów.

The American Legal System is complex and, arguably, is becoming increasingly more complex. Part of this problem is due to changes caused by technological improvements and innovation. Another part is caused by social change and an increased reliance on government by citizens who demand and expect protection from an ever burgeoning assortment of dangers and harm. Some interest groups contend the American Legal System is overpowering and should be restrained. One point of view is that civil litigation has become rampant and even destructive to America’s values, especially in medical malpractice. The United States incarcerates a far larger proportion of its citizens and for longer periods of time than any other Western nation. To put is plainly, America promises many “civil liberties” that in reality it fails to deliver either at all, or favours some persons over others. To understand the strengths and weaknesses of the American Legal System, the course will provide opportunity for students to study its English roots, transformation over 230 years since Independence, and focus on selected issues such as institutions, actors, substantive laws, procedural (adjective) laws, remedies for wrongs, and, in selected areas, the relationship between America and the global community


Required Readings.

Howard Abadinsky, Law & Justice: An Introduction To The American Legal System. Upper Saddle River: 2002, Prentice Hall. ISBN 013098180X.

David A. Jones, “America Incorporated: Movement of Assets by Companies Chartered in the United States Across the World and Back Home," European Journal of Business & Management Research, Vol. 3, No. 1, 1-7 February 2018. http://ejbmr.org/index.php/ejbmr/article/view/16/9

David A. Jones, “The United States Constitution, its Bill of Rights, and Selective Disincorporation through the Fourteenth Amendment,” in ed. Jolanta A. Daszynska, Konstytucja Stanow Zjednoczonych Ameryki: Reminiscencje w 220, rocznice uchwalenia. [Reminiscences on the 220th Anniversary of the Constitution of the United States of America]. Lodz: University of Lodz Press, 2009, 31 to 47.

David A. Jones, “Twentieth-Century American Legal Literature: Were The 'Crits' Right?” in Boźenna ChyliĹska, ed., Ideology and Rhetoric: Constructing America. Cambridge: 2008, Cambridge Scholars Publishing Company.

Michael Ross Fowler, With Justice For All? The Nature of the American Legal System. Upper Saddle River: 1997, Pearson Education. ISBN 0136183492.

Michael Ross Fowler, With Justice For All? The Nature of the American Legal System. Upper Saddle River: 1997, Pearson Education. ISBN 0136183492.

Kristin Myers. “US taxpayers spent almost $1 billion incarcerating innocent black people,," MSN.com. 20 November 2019. https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/us-taxpayers-spent-over-4-billion-incarcerating-innocent-people/ar-BBX3zIM

Thomas Pikety and Arthur Goldhammer. Capital in the twenty-First Century. Boston: 2014, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

Myers, Kristin. 2019. “US taxpayers spent almost $1 billion incarcerating innocent black people,” MSN.com. 20 Nov. https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/us-taxpayers-spent-over-4-billion-incarcerating-innocent-people/ar-BBX3zIM

Thomas Piketty and Arthur Goldhammer. Capital in the twenty-First Century. Boston: 2014, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

Jeffrey A. Segal, Harold J. Spaeth, Sara C. Benesh, The Supreme Court in the American Legal System. Cambridge: 2005, Cambridge University Press

Recommended Books:

Jay M. Feinman, Law 101: Everything You Need To Know About The American Legal System. Oxford: 2000, Oxford University Press. ISBN 0195132653.

Frederick G. Kempin, Historical Introduction to Anglican-American Law In A Nutshell. St. Paul: 1990, Thomson/West. ISBN 0314747087.

John M. Scheb, II, Introduction To The American Legal System. Albany: 2002, Thomson/West/Delmar.

Recommended Books (Legal History):

T.F.T. Plucknett, A Concise History of the Common Law. Boston: 5th ed. 1956, Little, Brown and Company. NOTE: This book is important. Most of its chapters are available online.

Efekty uczenia się:

Upon completing this course, the graduate student should be able to:

• Explain the origin of English common law and its significance to America’s past and current legal system.

• Comprehend the nature and significance of Magna Carta, Britain’s unwritten constitution, the United States Constitution, its Bill of Rights and other Amendments, together with some different state constitutions.

• Understand the role of an independent judiciary in England and America, and notice the difference between the two systems today: England’s judiciary undoubtedly is the best in the world, but America’s can be corrupt.

• Discuss intelligently the management of appellate cases as they converge to flexibly change precedent (doctrine of Stare Decisis) across time.

• Describe basic principles and terminology related to Administrative, Constitutional, Commercial and Contractual, Criminal, Domestic Relations, Environmental, Property (including Intellectual Property), and Tort law as the same have evolved historically from English common law, accommodating technological innovation.

• Respect British and American concerns for the rights of individuals, important to 21st Century global conflicts.

• Understand the pressure the American legal system is under as the Nation abandons the small entrepreneur and struggles to comply with the whims of a powerful corporate oligarchy in the 21st Century.

• Explain details of America’s “Patriot Act” and especially its implications for warrantless “Dataveillance.”

• Project the consequences of safeguarding more civil liberties for Americans than for foreign nationals whilst trying to justify this dichotomy as a response to current perceptions about the supposed threat posed by “terror.”

Metody i kryteria oceniania:

Students will be graded according to the following proportions:

10% Class Attendance and Participation

20% First Examination

20% Second Examination. NOTE: The Second Exam will have to be onsite at American Studies Center.

50% Term Paper (Must be Related to The Course, Approved by The Instructor)

Zajęcia w cyklu "Semestr letni 2019/20" (w trakcie)

Okres: 2020-02-17 - 2020-08-02
Wybrany podział planu:

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Typ zajęć: Kurs internetowy, 30 godzin, 100 miejsc więcej informacji
Koordynatorzy: Aleksandra Gniadzik-Smolińska, David Jones
Prowadzący grup: David Jones
Lista studentów: (nie masz dostępu)
Zaliczenie: Przedmiot - Zaliczenie na ocenę
Kurs internetowy - Zaliczenie na ocenę
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