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2017 Preliminary Seminar B

[Lecture Course Basic Information]

Lecturer: Giorgio Fabio COLOMBO
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Course Type:
Semester: Spring
Year: 1
Course Periods: Mon 10:30-12:00
Credits: 2
Whether mandatory or not:
Classroom: 905 / GSL Bldg.

 

Outline of Lecture Course

This course is aimed to look at legal issues from a cross-cultural, comparative and pluralistic perspective. The course will comprise both a theoretical explanation of the field and its historical evolution, but will largely focus on contemporary and highly debated themes like legal pluralism, dispute resolution and access to justice, human rights, cultural defense. Notions like “law”, “justice”, “sanction”, etc. will be analyzed in context, to show students that the idea of law as merely legal order imposed from the State could be limiting if not misleading. Most of the course will be centered about instructor-administered debates among students.



Course Objectives Legal Anthropology is designed to provide students with the knowledge and tools to understand contemporary legal problems in a multi-layered and culturally sensitive way. The course will begin by a theoretical introduction of the field, teaching basic conceptual notions and providing the students with the elementary methodological tools. Then, based upon a selection of readings, the course intends to help students develop argumentation skills. As students of law and political sciences, students should be able to discuss various topics (human rights, respect of cultures, etc.) under a technical perspective, using legal reasoning and being able to argument objectively.
Textbooks Due to the peculiar nature of the seminar, there is no need of a general textbook for students. Lessons will be based on readings that will be distributed to students in advance.


Course Materials/Supplementaries
Assessment Student participation..50%
Final presentation...50%
TOTAL.................100%

Students are allowed to write a short research paper to improve their performance. Details need to be agreed upon with the instructors.


Prerequisites A good command of the English language (reading, speaking, and writing) is required.
Other Notes Mandatory attendance is required. Students failing to attend at least 70% of the classes will automatically fail.



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Lecture Theme Lecture Course Description Learning outside the class Related page
1 Course intro/syllabus Lesson 1.pptx
2

Key concepts, basic theoretical framework

Lesson 2.pptx
3

Legal Ethnography and Early studies

Lesson 3.pptx
4

Social Rules, Legal Rules, Religious Rules

Lesson 4.pptx
5

Legal Sanctions, Social Sanctions

Deviance, Sanctions, and Social Integration in Small-Scale Societies.pdf
6

Dispute Resolution in Context

privateorderlegalorder.pdf

Lesson 6.pptx

7 Dispute Resolution in Context
8

The State as Educator

Where it Hurts.pdf
9

Human Rights, “Asian Values”

Asian Values Singapore.pdf

Hong Kong Asian Values.pdf

10

Different perspectives on Financial Law

Beximco v. Shamil-1.rtf

11

The State as Educator (II)

LadyChatterley.doc

Videogames - Supreme Court.pdf

12

Cultural Defense (I)

Sharafi - Pluralism.pdf

When Culture Means Gender Issues of Cultural Defence in the English Courts.pdf

13

Cultural Defense (II)

14

Final test

15 Feedback session

 

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