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Comparative Law - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Many rules exist in societies that guide the citizens' actions. Some of these are actual laws, but many are merely customs. In this chapter, knowledgeable instructors will explain the differences between the two. You will also be introduced to the various types of laws, hearing definitions and seeing examples of each. As you wrap up your studies in this chapter, you should have a solid understanding of the following concepts:
- The distinction between customs and laws
- How American law got started
- Differences between civil and criminal code
- Distinction between criminal law and civil law
- Examples of statutory, administrative and religious law
|Difference Between Laws and Customs||Explain the distinction between customs and laws.|
|American Law: History & Origins from English Common Law||Discuss English common law and its relationship to American law.|
|Code Law: Criminal Code & Civil Code||Outline code law and give examples.|
|Criminal Law vs. Civil Law: Definitions and Differences||Identify the differences between civil law and criminal law.|
|What Is Constitutional Law? - Definition & Example||Explore constitutional law and give examples.|
|Statutory Law: Purpose & Creation||Explain statutory law and its function.|
|The Purpose of Administrative Law||Discuss administrative law and its rationale.|
|Religious Law: Definition & Purpose||Address the concept of religious law, including its purpose and examples.|
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. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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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