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Philosophy 2080
James Hildebrand

The University of Western OntarioDepartment of PhilosophyInstructorJ HildebrandPhilosophy 2080 00120122013Philosophy of LawClass HoursW 79 PMOffice HoursMonday and Wednesday 545 to 645 PMPhone5196612111 ext TBAEmailjfhildebuwocaStudents are responsible for following the Philosophy Department procedures included with this outlineInstructors andor teaching assistants will post information regarding the dates times and locations of testsand review sessions on theCourse web site and in classCourse DescriptionWe will study the fundamental concepts of law and the philosophical principles on which they are based Thecourse is divided into four sections two each term as follows the first term will be spent on tort law and contractlaw the second term criminal law and constitutional law There will also be an introduction to the basic structureof our court system the difference between statute law and common law and some basic knowledge of the legalprocess In the study of tort law the main focus will be on the law of negligence including the expanding areas ofliability of product manufacturers tavern owners and other publicprivate entitiesIn the study of contract law the student will gain an understanding of the basics of contract law by looking atpivotal cases and applying the principles found in those cases in various other situations For criminal law thequestions of culpability intention and available defences are considered Finallyconstitutional law will bestudied with the main focus on theCanadian Charter of Rights and Freedomsand litigation based on thatlegislationWhile there is no claim that the student will gain knowledge of the most current state of the law there will be aneffort to consider current events and controversial issues that are topical during the study of the courseIn addition and in conjunction with the cases studied will be a discussion of the philosophical principles thatunderlie justify and informthe lawControversial areas of the law will be discussed including such topics as theindependence of the courts from political influence freedom of speech pornography abortion law the tensionbetween legal obligations to accused persons and the rights of victims of crime etcRequired Textsth1A course pack reproductionof the original textPrivate Law Tort and Contract 4edition RichardBronaugh and Michael Eizenga editorsavailable atthe University Bookstore2A course pack reproduction of the original textCriminal Law Richard Bronaugh and Michael Eizengaeditorsavailable at the University Bookstore3ForConstitutional law a course pack to be prepared by professoravailable at the UniversityBookstoreThere will be supplementary readings provided to students via email or through the course web siteRequirementsCourse evaluation will be through four equally weighted noncumulative multiplechoice tests two in each termExaminationsThere are four exams one at theend of each course quadrantThe exams are noncumulativeone hour longand consist of multiple choice questionsEach exam is worth 25 of the final course gradeUNDER NOCIRCUMSTANCES WILL EXAM GRADES BE REWEIGHTEDDates times and places for all of the followingexams will be announced in class and posted on the course web siteExam particulars will not be availableover the phone in the Philosophy department1
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