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  1. 1. FACULTY  OF  LAW   LA369   ENGLISH  LEGAL  READING  AND  RESEARCH  (SEC8100/04) (3  credits) COURSE  OUTLINE  –  Semester  2,  2010 INSTRUCTOR Name:   Mr  Chacrit  Sitdhiwej Loca4on:   Room  617,  Faculty  of  Law  Building,  Rangsit  Centre Telephone:   02  696  5129  (work) email: facebook:   hOp:// Course  Website:   hOp:// 1
  2. 2. COURSE  OBJECTIVES KNOWLEDGE  AND  UNDERSTANDING According  to  the  Course  Descrip4on,  this  course  is  designed  to  “provide  a  prac4cal  forum  for  studying  and   prac4sing   reading   documents   in  the   legal  profession   eg   textbooks,   ar4cles  and   law   reports  of   different   jurisdic4ons.  Students  will  also  be  given  prac4ces  in  researching  laws  of  foreign  jurisdic4ons.” COMMUNICATION  SKILLS The   con4nuing   development   of   good   inter-­‐personal   and   communica4on   skills   is   widely   recognised   as   important  for  all  graduates.  This  course  specifically  seeks  to  develop  students’  abili4es  to  work  in  groups,   make  group  presenta4ons  and  write  personal  reflec4on  reports. GRADUATE  ATTRIBUTES This  course  aims  to  provide  students  with  a  number  of  graduate  aOributes,  including: Knowledge To  develop  an  understanding  of: •  the  arrangements  of  collec4ons  of  the  major  legal  systems  of  the  world; •  the  fundamental  arrangements  of  the  common  law  precedent; •  the  precedent  and  principle  in  the  European  Court  of  Jus4ce; •  the  rela4onship  between  the  European  Community  law  and  English  law; •  the  use  of  legisla4on  and  cases;  and •  the  selected  emerging  fields  of  law  such  as  compara4ve  law,  cyber  law,  energy  law,  environmental  law,   gene4c  law,  planning  law  and  the  Law  of  the  Sea. Intellectual  and  Social  CapabiliVes To  develop: •  the  skills  to  find,  cite  and  use  the  sources  of  law  of  major  legal  systems  of  the  world; •  the  cogni4ve  skills  to  analyse,  evaluate  and  synthesise  informa4on  from  a  wide  variety  of  sources  and   experiences  arising  among  class  par4cipants  so  as  to  iden4fy  and  address  appropriate  legal  and  related   issues; •  an  awareness  and  apprecia4on  of  the  poli4cal  and  socio-­‐economic  context  of  the  selected  emerging   fields  of  law; •  cri4cal  thinking  and  problem  solving  skills; •   oral   and   wriOen   communica4on   skills   of   high   order,   including   the   use   of   appropriate   modern   communica4on  technologies; •  the  capacity  and  commitment  to  learn  and  maintain  intellectual  curiosity,  and  to  engage  in  life-­‐long   personal  and  professional  learning;  and •   familiarity   and   proficiency   in   legal   research   techniques,   including   the   appropriate  use   of   modern   research  technologies. AWtudes  and  Values To  develop: •  the  capacity  to  be  informed,  responsible  and  cri4cally  discrimina4ng  in  rela4on  to  the  development   and  applica4on  of  English  legal  reading  and  research;  and •  an  understanding  of  social  and  cultural  diversity,  and  sensi4vity  of  the  opera4on  of  the  law  and  legal   structures  in  development  and  applica4on  of  law. COURSE  OVERVIEW READING A   set   of   reading   materials   will   be   provided.   You   must  read   the  materials  for   each   class   prior   to   your   par4cipa4on  in  that  class. 2
  3. 3. Textbooks There   are  no   recent   general   textbooks  on   English   legal   reading   and   research.   However,   two   texts   are   recommended.  These  are: •  Ian  Mcleod,  Legal  method,  Palgrave  MacMillan  law  masters  (Hamshire,  2007);  and •  Emily  Finch  and  Stefan  Fafinski,  Legal  skills  (Oxford,  2007). CLASSES Students  in  this  course  are  expected  to  aOend  all  classes  throughout  the  semester.  Each  class  involves  one  3   hour  lecture/workshop  each  week  for  16  weeks. Classes  will  be  held  at  9.30am  in  Room  SC3037  every  Monday  from  8  November  2010.  Please  note  that   week  10  to  15  classes  will  be  held  at  9.00am.  This  is  to  make  up  the  missing  week  5,  8  and  9  classes,  as   required  by  the  University’s  policies  and  rules. Topics Week Date Reflec*on Lecture/WorkshopLecture/Workshop Wrap-­‐up/Assignment 1 8/11/2010 Pre-­‐test Introduc2onIntroduc2on -­‐ 2 15/11/2010 -­‐ • Course  arrangements • SWOT  analysis  (1) • Personal  SWOT  analysis • Course  arrangements • SWOT  analysis  (1) • Personal  SWOT  analysis -­‐ 3 22/11/2010 •Pre-­‐test  results •Personal  SWOT   analysis  results Class  SWOT  analysisClass  SWOT  analysis Experience  with  Google 4 29/11/2010 SWOT  analysis   results Personal  reflec2onPersonal  reflec2on Experience  with   Wikipedia 5 6/12/2010 NO  CLASS  (public  holiday)NO  CLASS  (public  holiday)NO  CLASS  (public  holiday)NO  CLASS  (public  holiday) 6 13/12/2010 Experience  with   Google  and   Wikipedia • Basic  electronic  research  techniques • Mastering  Google  and  Wikipedia • Basic  electronic  research  techniques • Mastering  Google  and  Wikipedia Job  hun2ng  experience 7 20/12/2010 Job  hun2ng   experience Entering  the  legal  workforce  (1)Entering  the  legal  workforce  (1)Entering  the  legal  workforce  (1) 8 27/12/2010 NO  CLASS  (mid-­‐term  exam)NO  CLASS  (mid-­‐term  exam)NO  CLASS  (mid-­‐term  exam)NO  CLASS  (mid-­‐term  exam) 9 3/1/2011 NO  CLASS  (public  holiday)NO  CLASS  (public  holiday)NO  CLASS  (public  holiday)NO  CLASS  (public  holiday) 10 10/1/2011 Job  hun2ng Entering  the  legal  workforce  (2) NB:  These  six  classes  start   at  9.00am NB:  These  six  classes  start   at  9.00am 11 17/1/2011 Job  hun2ng The  regula2on  of  biotechnology   and  nanotechnology NB:  These  six  classes  start   at  9.00am NB:  These  six  classes  start   at  9.00am 12 24/1/2011 Personal  reflec2on English  law  and  courts NB:  These  six  classes  start   at  9.00am NB:  These  six  classes  start   at  9.00am 13 31/1/2011 Personal  reflec2on EC  law  and  English  law NB:  These  six  classes  start   at  9.00am NB:  These  six  classes  start   at  9.00am 14 7/2/2011 Personal  reflec2on The  precedent  and  its  effects NB:  These  six  classes  start   at  9.00am NB:  These  six  classes  start   at  9.00am 15 14/2/2011 Personal  reflec2on Anatomy  of  cases  and  statutes NB:  These  six  classes  start   at  9.00am NB:  These  six  classes  start   at  9.00am 16 21/2/2011 FINAL  EXAM  (Start  at  9.30am)FINAL  EXAM  (Start  at  9.30am)FINAL  EXAM  (Start  at  9.30am)FINAL  EXAM  (Start  at  9.30am) 3
  4. 4. MINIDOT  AND  FACEBOOK minidot   <hOp://>   is   the   website  the  instructor   has  created   and   used   to   aid   student   learning  experience.  It  provides  students  with  an  access  to  certain  course  contents  and  materials  through   the   internet.   Par4cularly,  the  instructor   olen   posts   videocasts  of   his  certain   past   lectures  on   minidot.   Students  can  watch  these  videocasts  at  their  convenient  4me. Facebook,  the  world’s  most  popular  social  network,  allows  students  and  the  instructor  to  communicate  and   share  their  views  fast   and   conveniently.   The   instructor’s  Facebook   site   is  at  hOp:// schacrit/. Students  are  encouraged  to  take  advantage  of  these  online  services. CONSULTATION  AND  COMMUNICATION Please   check   your   email,   Facebook   and   minidot   regularly.   Course-­‐related   announcements   are   communicated  via  these  tools. The  instructor  will  be  available  for  consulta4on  in  Room  LA617  from  1.00pm  to  4.00pm  every  Tuesday.  In   order   to   develop   your   communica4on   skills   of   high   order   through   the   use   of   appropriate   modern   communica4on  technologies,  you  are  encouraged  to  contact  the  instructor  via  email  or  Facebook. ASSESSMENT Assessment  for  this  course  will  be  made  up  of:  (1)   class  aOendance;  (2)  class  par4cipa4on;  (3)  personal   reflec4on;  and  (4)  final  exam.  Students  must  sa4sfy  all  the  requirements  to  pass  the  course. CLASS  ATTENDANCE  (5%) AOendance  at  classes  is  compulsory   and  assessed  in  order   to  provide  you  with  a  beOer   founda4on  for   undertaking  your  personal  reflec4on  and  final  exam. There   are   13   classes   for   the   semester.   Ten   out   of   13   class   aOendance   is   required   as   a   compulsory   requirement  of  undertaking  the  final  exam.  Students  will  be  marked  pass  or  fail  at  each  lecture.  You  must   a_end  at  least  ten  classes  to  pass  your  overall  class  a_endance  and  to  be  eligible  to  undertake  your  final   exam. There  will  be  an  aOendance  sheet  to  sign  as  proof  of  aOendance  at  each  class.  It  is  essenVal  that  you  sign   this  sheet  every  week.  If  you  do  not  sign  the  sheet  for  the  relevant  week  you  will  be  deemed  to  have  not   aOended.  Class  aOendance  will  be  worth  5%  of  your  final  mark. Students  who  do  not  sa4sfy  the  requirements  will  be  permiOed  to  pass  only  on  the  submission  of  wriOen   work  in  lieu  of  class  aOendance  and  if  a  genuine  reason  is  given  for  missing  more  than  the  allowed  number   of  classes. CLASS  PARTICIPATION  (30%) Each  class  the  instructor  will  note  if  you  are  present  and  will  assess  your  level  of  par4cipa4on  in  the  class   ac4vi4es.  AOendance  alone  is  not  equivalent  to  par4cipa4on. Each  week  you  will  be  assigned  one  of  the  following  grades,  based  on  evidence  of  prepara4on  for  the  class   and  your  contribu4on  to  the  ac4vi4es:  Excellent  (7.5-­‐10),  Good  (5-­‐7),  Poor  (1-­‐4)  or  Zero  (0).  At  the  end  of   semester,  the  best  ten  of  the  16  class  marks  will  be  taken  and  averaged  for  your  par4cipa4on  mark.  This  will   be  worth  30%  of  your  final  mark. Class   ac4vi4es   over   the   semester   are   designed   to   improve   students’   knowledge   and   understanding,   communica4on   skills   and   graduate   aOributes  men4oned   earlier   in   the   Course  Objec4ves.   Par4cipa4on   marks  provide  a  basis  for  assessing  students’  ability  to  intelligently  discuss  and  debate  the  course  maOers   and  their  applica4on.  Par4cipa4on  marks  also  assess  students’  oral  communica4on  skills. 4
  5. 5. A  guide  to  the  award  of  par4cipa4on  is  as  follows: Zero  (0)  –  no  evidence  of  prepara4on  or  contribu4on  to  small  group  of  larger  class  discussion. Poor  (1-­‐4)  –  evidence  of  some  prepara4on  but  no  or  very  liOle  contribu4on  to  small  group  or  larger  class   discussion;  poor  quality  of  contribu4on  displaying  liOle  understanding  of  the  issues  and  demonstra4ng   poor  oral  communica4on  and  legal  skills. Good  (5-­‐7)  –  evidence  of  good  prepara4on,  ac4ve  contribu4on  to  small  group  discussion;  contribu4on  of   a   quality   that   displays   a   reasonable   to   good   understanding   of   the   course   maOers,   and   good   oral   communica4on  and  legal  skills. Excellent  (7.5-­‐10)  –  evidence  of  thorough  prepara4on,  ac4ve  contribu4on  to  small  group  discussion  and   par4cipa4on   in  the   larger   class;   high   level  understanding   of   the  course  maOers  and  cri4cal  analysis,   evidence  of  excellent  oral  and  legal  skills. PERSONAL  REFLECTION  (35%) A   set  of   personal  reflec4on,  comprising   a  learning   journal  and  a  compilaVon  of   terms   and   expressions   learned  in  the  course,  must  be  submiOed  by  4.30pm  on  Friday  25  February  2011.  This  will  be  worth  35%  of   your  final  mark. The  personal  reflec4on  is  designed  to  promote  each  student’s  abili4es  to  realise  and  understand  his/her   strengths  and  weaknesses  in  rela4on  to  English  legal  reading  and  research,  and  to  keep  pace  of   his/her     development  in  rela4on  to  the  course,  as  well  as  his/her  academic  and  professional  capaci4es,  while  being   aware  of  the  relevant  opportuni4es  and  threats. The  personal  reflec4on  will  also  assess  wriOen  communica4on  skills  –  the  ability  of  students  to  write  clearly   and  concisely  about  their  strengths,  weaknesses,  opportuni4es  and  threats,  as  well  as  their  development. FINAL  EXAM  (30%) Final  exam  will  be  held  at  the  last  class  ie  on  Monday  21  February  2011.  This  will  be  worth  30%  of  your  final   mark. PLAGIARISM  AND  OTHER  FORMS  OF  CHEATING Plagiarism  is  a  serious  act  of  academic  misconduct.  Plagiarism  is  a  serious  maOer  and  is  treated  as  such  by   the   Faculty  of   Law   and   the  University.  Please  be  aware  that  ‘academic  dishonesty’  (which   goes  beyond   plagiarism)  can  be  a  ground  for  refusal  by  the  industry  to  admit  a  person  to  prac4ce  as  a  legal  prac44oner.   Plagiarism  and  academic  honesty   are  also  essen4ally  aspects  of   ethical  and  honest  behaviour,  which  are   central  to   the  prac4ce  of   law  and   an   understanding  of  what  it  is  to  be  a  lawyer.  The  instructor  adheres   strictly   to   the   Faculty   of   Law’s   and   the   University’s   policies,   rules   and   guidelines   on   examina4ons,   assessment,  plagiarism  and  chea4ng  in  examina4ons  and  related  forms  of  assessment. 5