INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
Department of International Relations and European Studies
||Introduction to Law
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|Law is a systematized set of rules governing behavior of the subjects of the law regarding particular objects of the law. The course is a wide and summary introduction to the study of law to students that have had no previous legal training. It is designed to cover the structure of law, its basic tenants, principles, institutes and to create a foundation for further study and for independent research and intellectual operation.
|The primary goal of the course is to familiarize students with the basic tenants, institutes and the functioning of the law. The course will present a basic overview of the functioning of the legal system and serve as a good basis for more advanced legal subjects as well as provide sufficient insight to regard the student as being sufficiently legally literate to function in the modern legal environment. The successful student should be able to understand basic legal terminology and basic tenants of the law, evaluate issues of legal significance, form opinions and be able to effectively argument such opinions, apply legally sound reasoning to situations and form legal conclusions, sufficiently competently apply legal interpretations to factual situations and perform other actions. The student should know where to look for advice regarding the more advanced legal dilemmas and to recognize where professional assistance is needed and be able to use such professional assistance effectively. The student should be able to make informed and legally sound decisions in standard legal situations.
- Course overview; Law in daily life
- Introduction to law, its role in society, its purpose and function
- Roots of law, its historical development, ethical and moral consideration shaping law in the present and the future
- The legal system, categories and branches of the law – Public law and private law
- Major types of legal systems: Civil, Common and Religious Legal Systems and International law
- State and government
- Legislative branch: the process of making laws, sources of laws, understanding applying and making sense of legal norms
- Executive branch: Administrative law and government services, political system, the protection of Human rights and the rights of minorities
- Judicial branch: Courts, lawyers and the resolution of disputes
- Characteristics of Bosnian governance and legal system
- Subjects of the law
- Objects of the law
- Contract law
- Property, intellectual property, business and labor law
- United Nations, European Union, World Trade Organization, the international community and the legal aspects of living and doing business in a globalized information society
- Interactive Lectures
- Practical Sessions
- Discussions and group work
- Student debates
- Problem solving
- Case Studies
- Use of educational films
| Midterm Exam(s)||20|
| Term Paper||20|
| Final Exam||1||50|
- Be familiar with the structure and the functioning of the law in general.
- Be familiar with basic tenants, principles, institutes and other important elements of the law.
- Be able to understand and use effectively legally correct terminology.
- Be able to recognize legal implications in basic everyday life situations.
- Be able to know when to ask for expert legal advice and when to be able to handle oneself appropriately.
- Be able to make informed and legally sound decisions in basic situations.
- Be able to find sources of relevant law and to research independent law topics.
- Prepare the foundation for further legal study.
- Course materials provided by the instructor
- Jaap Hage; Bram Akkermans (ed.) (2014) Introduction to Law, Springer, Heidelberg
|ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
|Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)||15||2||30|
|Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)||15||1||15|
|Midterm Examination (1 week)||1||2||2|
|Final Examination(1 week)||1||2||2|
|Preparation for Midterm Examination||1||18||18|
|Preparation for Final Examination||1||30||30|
|Assignment / Homework/ Project||1||10||10|
|Seminar / Presentation||1||20||20|