Catalogue 2019 - 2020

LAW 729 American Legal History



Course Description

This course considers the development of American law from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. It gives considerable attention to the development of a number of areas of law, including property, contracts and commercial law, criminal law, torts, debtor-creditor law, the law or personal status, and also constitutional law. It also considers how law is made (jurisprudence). It organizes the study of law around three major themes. They include establishing and maintaining community, and the rise of democracy and of the market economy. It also considers the development of American law and lawmaking within the context of a broad process of modernization of human life that has been affecting western civilization for many centuries, and today is influencing countries around the world. Students will write papers, consisting of thirty pages of writing that will constitute the primary basis for their grades. This course is one of the public interest concentrations of courses.