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   Course Title    Jurisprudence (Legal skills for non-lawyers)
Lecturer    Irina Chinkarenko
Institution    Sakhalin State University
Country    Russia


Introduction:

The course is meant for the students of the humanitarian and technical faculties.

Studying the course students are expected to learn basic legal terminology and operate with it, to understand legal concepts and principles, to extend their understanding and critical interpretation of legal information.

The skills acquired from this course are to help students to make use of legislating acts, to know more about their main rights and duties and the way they are guaranteed in the state, and understand the necessity of the lawful behavior for social development.

Lectures:

1. Introduction: historical and theoretical basics.

  1. Pre-state society.

  2. Historical types of state and law rise: Asian and European.

  3. Interrelation of law and state.

Seminar: Social regulating

  1. Preconditions of social regulating.

  2. Social rules.

  3. Types of social rules: customs, traditions, religious rules, moral standards, rules of law.

2. What the law is.

  1. Legal restraint of the freedom in a society.

  2. The system of generally obliging standards which are settled and defended by the state.

Seminar: Types of law understanding.

  1. Natural law.

  2. Legal positivism.

  3. Integrative conception: jus-naturalism.

3. The system of law.

  1. Sources of law: legislative acts, cases, tacit law.

  2. Rule of law.

  3. System of legislation in the Russian Federation.

  4. Remedial and substantive law.

Seminar: Branches of law: objects, subjects, regulating methods, main sources.

  1. Constitutional law.

  2. Administrative law.

  3. Civil law.

  4. Labour law.

  5. Criminal law.

  6. International private law.

  7. Family law.

  8. International public law.

4. Legal relations.

  1. Subjects and objects of law, legal capacity.

  2. Rights and duties correspondence.

  3. Types of legal relations.

Seminar: Solving tasks.

To analyze the example of legal relations and define: object, subject, main rights and duties of the subject, type of relations, branch of legislation which these relations are regulating by.

5. Law–breaking and legal responsibility.

  1. Types of law-breaking.

  2. Lawful behaviour.

  3. Types and conditions of legal responsibility.

Seminar: Working with legislative acts (Constitution, Criminal Code, Civil Code, Administrative Code, Civil Process Code, Arbitration Code).

To find out rules of law which settle the legal responsibility from two or more of proposed legislative acts. To define the type of legal responsibility. To compare the remedies of legal correction in different branches of legislation.

6. What the state is.

  1. The state indications: territory, population, independence, taxes, public power, law.

  2. State functions.

  3. Separation of powers and binding of the state by the law.

Seminar: Providing effective social organization.

Pre-reading list for the seminar includes legislative acts extracts from constitutional, municipal, administrative, tax, process (arbitration, civil, criminal), custom law.

The task is to collect the main remedies of the state settled by laws of every branch and explain how it influences to the social organization, what the state legal aims and methods are.

The final aim is to discuss the correspondence of public and private methods of social regulating.

7. The state structure.

  1. The territorial organization of the state.

  2. The form of governing.

  3. The main principles of public power managing: authoritarian and democratic.

Seminar: Democracy: values and defects.

  1. Democracy as a form of governing (republic – basic principles, types).

  2. Democracy as a territorial organization (federations, unitary states as a result of democratic ideas operating).

  3. Democratic principles.

  4. Russia – what we are as a result of democratic ideas operating.

Every lecture is provided by the seminar. Seminars are to help students to fix and practically comprehend their knowledge from lecture information.

The course is provided by the mandatory reading list:

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