Introduction to US Law II

Course Code: 
LAW 474
Course Period: 
Spring
Course Type: 
Core
P: 
3
Lab: 
0
Credits: 
3
ECTS: 
5
Course Objectives: 
Increase general knowledge of and comfort with the English language, both written and spoken. Increase student understanding of selected areas of American criminal law and procedure.
Course Content: 

The first half of this course focuses on American legal tradition, specifically the evolution of crimes and the American penal system. The crime of homicide will be the most examined crime during the first half of the semester. The second half of the course focuses on the 4th Amendment of the US Constitution and the rights afforded to criminal defendants. The main focus of this section of the course will be searches, seizures, and warrant requirements.

Course Methodology: 
1: Lecture, 2: Question-Answer, 3: Discussion, 4: Case study / practical course
Course Evaluation Methods: 
A: Testing, B: Presentation C: Homework

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes Program Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
Enhancing critical thinking of the students, focusing on both their native land’s and non-native land’s law systems 1,2,3,4,5 1,2,3,4 A
Through learning foreign language and legal systems, increasing the legal competence of the students and also offering them insight into the values of foreign societies 6,7,8,10 1,2,3,4 A
Encouraging the students to search for new contributions and changes to the Turkish criminal law system 2 1,2,3,4 A
Creating possible future practice areas or further legal education in United States fort he students 9,11 1,2,3,4 A

 

 

Course Flow

Week Topics Study Materials
1 Introduction to the US Criminal Law  
2 Theories of Punishment and Good Samartian Laws  
3 Classifications of crimes – Felonies, Misdemeanors, etc.  
4 Classical Elements of Crimes – Mens Rea and Actus Reus  
5 Homicide  
6 Homicide and Mid – Term Exam Review Session  
7 MID-TERM EXAMINATION  
8 Introduction to the 4th Amendments  
9 Probable Cause and the Warrant Requirement  
10 Reasonable Expectation of Privacy and the Katz test  
11 Zones of Privacy and the Katz Analysis  
12 Situtaions that do not require warrants – open fields, plain view, drug dogs, etc.  
13 Warrantless Public Arrests  
14 Final Exam Review Session  

 

 

Recommended Sources

Textbook Case law, notes, and materials drawn from Salzburg and Capra, American Criminal Procedure, 8th Edition
Additional Resources Lecture materials and notes prepared by the professor including hypothetical exercise and related case law.

 

 

Material Sharing

Documents  
Assignments  
Exams  

 

 

Assessment

IN-TERM STUDIES NUMBER PERCENTAGE
Mid-terms 1 100
Total   100
CONTRIBUTION OF FINAL EXAMINATION TO OVERALL GRADE   60
CONTRIBUTION OF IN-TERM STUDIES TO OVERALL GRADE   40
Total   100

 

 

COURSE CATEGORY Expertise/Field Courses

 

 

Course’s Contribution to Program

No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Ability to comprehend, solve, and to attain analytical and critical thought processes       X  
2 Within the ambit of lifelong learning, to direct continuous renewal and cultivation of knowledge attained in the field of law       X  
3 To master legal resources and legal precedents; to be able to conduct comparative legal analyses in national and international legal arenas       X  
4 To improve settlement options; to implement creative and innovative solutions       x  
5 To be equippet with comprehensive and comparative knowledge gained through the study of law, enabling the transfer of this knowledge into the social and economic fields. To attain analytical thinking between cross disciplines         X
6 To attain the ability to comprehend and solve legal problems pertaining to global economy     X    
7 To obtain knowledge of current legal subjects, through the aid of the English language         X
8 To be able to utilize proficiency at an intermediate level foreign language         X
9 To attain professional and scientific ethical tenants in the field of law, as well as in society at large       X  
10 To attain the ability to write, speak and listen effectively, in the field of law         X
11 To be open-minded, to be tolerant of different ideas, to be constructive, to have self-confidence, and to be responsible both during individual studies and/or during team studies. To work effectively and efficiently       x  

 

 

ECTS

Activities Quantity Duration
(Hour)
Total
Workload
(Hour)
Course Duration 14 3 42
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14 5 70
Mid-terms 1 2 2
Final examination 1 3 3
Total Work Load     117
Total Work Load / 25 (h)     4.68
ECTS Credit of the Course     5