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Below is a sample breakdown of the Comparative Law chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.
|Day||Topics||Key Terms and Concepts Covered|
|Monday||Difference between laws and customs||Formal rules, purposeful establishment, accepted expectations, formal punishment, social action|
|Tuesday||American law's history and code law||Case law, local custom, American common law, Supreme Court, civil law, codification|
|Wednesday||Criminal law vs. statutory law||Murder, theft, defendant rights, felonies, misdemeanors, breach of contract, workers' compensation|
|Thursday||Constitutional and statutory law||U.S. Constitution, federal government branches, Congress, judicial review, the supremacy clause, bill, committee|
|Friday||Administrative and religious law||Regulatory law, rules and regulations, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; deity, secular law, religious legal systems, church and state|
1. Difference Between Laws and Customs
While they are similar in some ways, the following lesson is meant to discuss the differences between laws and customs. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.
2. American Law: History & Origins from English Common Law
Our modern American law system is based on centuries of English principles regarding right and wrong. This English common law system combines with U.S. case decisions and statutes to form what we know as law. This lesson examines the origins and definitions associated with the American law system.
3. Code Law: Characteristics of a Civil Law System
The following lesson will discuss the characteristics of a civil code system of law and how it differs from a common law system. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.
4. Criminal Law vs. Civil Law: Definitions and Differences
There are two main classifications of law. Criminal laws regulate crimes, or wrongs committed against the government. Civil laws regulate disputes between private parties. This lesson explains the main differences between criminal and civil law.
5. What Is Constitutional Law? - Definition & Example
Constitutional law deals with the understanding and use of the United States Constitution. This lesson will define and discuss constitutional law, while examining several famous constitutional law cases.
6. Statutory Law: Purpose & Creation
The following lesson will cover how laws, also known as statutes, come into creation and become collectively known as statutory law. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.
7. Administrative/Regulatory Law: Definition & Example Cases
Administrative laws are those laws that govern the formation and operation of administrative agencies and the rulings made by administrative agencies. This type of law is sometimes called regulatory law. This lesson explores administrative law and administrative agencies.
8. Religious Law: Definition & Purpose
The following lesson will cover the role that religious laws play in a variety of legal systems. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.
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