- Obtain a basic understanding of the Chinese legal system and contemporary legal reforms
- Develop an understanding of Chinese legal institutions and of current issues and problems in the Chinese legal system
Section 001, Spring 2020
A survey of contemporary Chinese legal attitudes and institutions in historical and comparative perspective. The course begins with a brief examination of certain key themes and practices in China's traditional legal order and an appraisal of China's early-twentieth-century effort to import a Western legal model. The major portion of the term is devoted to a study of formal and informal legal institutions and procedures in the criminal and civil processes of the People's Republic of China and China's contemporary legal reform efforts. Topics will include an examination of the roles of the legal profession and the judiciary, the sources of law in contemporary China, the criminal justice system, efforts to use law to address China's growing environmental problems, and the development of China's legal framework governing financial markets. There are no prerequisites; no prior knowledge or study of China is required.
TR 1:20-2:40 pm
Method of Evaluation
J.D. Writing Credit