LLAW6258 Private law in common law jurisdictions

1.1 Course details

Course code: LLAW6258
Course name: Private law in common law jurisdictions
Programme offered under: LLM Programme
Semester: Second
Prerequisites / Co-requisites: No
Credit point value: 9 credits

1.2 Course description

This course will provide an introduction to understanding common law reasoning and legal sources, with a primary emphasis on the nature of case precedents in the context of modern lawmaking. The aim will be to familiarize students with how common law decisions are generated and interpreted, with a focus on private law. The class will involve many of the same classic cases used to train common law students, pairing broad overviews of private law divergences between civil/Chinese and common law approaches with the US tradition of Socratic instruction using cases drawn from multiple common law jurisdictions. There will be emphasis on both oral and written presentation to develop student’s capacity to situate case analysis within multiple sources of legal authority and facilitate their ability to communicate arguments using precedential reasoning.

1.3 Course teachers

Name E-mail address Office Consultation
Course convenor Jed Kroncke jkroncke@hku.hk CCT 610 By email

2.1 Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) for this course

CLO 1 Describe and explain basic concepts, rules and terminology in certain areas of contracts, torts, and property.

CLO 2 Develop the skill of resolving disputes by the application of legal concepts and rules in novel situations and problems.

CLO 3 Develop an appreciation of the importance of facts in legal problems.

CLO 4 Critically examination the limitations of the theories and doctrines in the broader social, economic, socio-cultural and comparative contexts in which they situate.

CLO 5 Critically examination the limitations of the theories and doctrines in the broader social, economic, socio-cultural and comparative contexts in which they situate.

2.2 LLM Programme Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

PLO A On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of the body of legal knowledge and the capacity to conduct research on, critically analyse and evaluate legal principles, at a level required to meet the standards and expectations of the legal profession and the community at large.

PLO B On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to apply their legal knowledge and research skills to practical situations or theoretical challenges, and utilise their comparative understanding of the law and its political, social and cultural contexts to provide original and creative insights to legal problems.

PLO C On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to apply the knowledge, lawyering skills and legal reasoning to real and novel situations in life, with a view to resolving issues, problems and disputes within the legal parameters.

PLO D On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to demonstrate the ability to present effectively legal arguments in the professional context, as well as conveying and explaining the law effectively to lay clients and members of the larger community.

PLO E On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to appreciate the underlying moral values of the law and ethics in the profession and the legal system in the broad social, economic, political and cultural contexts: justice, the Rule of Law, and protection of rights and liberties which form the fabrics of a civilised society, and the importance of upholding these values by the legal community.

PLO F On successful completion of the curriculum, students should be able to develop a strong awareness of social issues and conditions, and utilise analytical abilities and rhetorical advocacy to provide leadership for the betterment of the human community.

2.3 Programme Learning Outcomes to be achieved in this course

PLO A PLO B PLO C PLO D PLO E PLO F
CLO 1  ✓  ✓  ✓
CLO 2  ✓  ✓  ✓
CLO 3  ✓  ✓
CLO 4
CLO 5

3.1 Assessment Summary

Assessment task Due date Weighting Feedback method* Course learning outcomes
Participation TBC 40% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Four written assignments TBC 40% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Final assignment TBC 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  *Feedback method (to be determined by course teacher)
1 A general course report to be disseminated through Moodle
2 Individual feedback to be disseminated by email / through Moodle
3 Individual review meeting upon appointment
4 Group review meeting
5 In-class verbal feedback

3.2 Assessment Detail

To be advised by course convenor(s).

3.3 Grading Criteria

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/grading-criteria/

 

4.1 Learning Activity Plan

Lecture: 3 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks
Private study time: 9.5 hours / week for 12 teaching weeks

Remarks: the normative student study load per credit unit is 25 ± 5 hours (ie. 150 ± 30 hours for a 6-credit course), which includes all learning activities and experiences within and outside of classroom, and any assessment task and examinations and associated preparations.

4.2 Details of Learning Activities

To be advised by course convenor(s).

5.1 Resources

Reading materials: Reading materials are posted on Moodle
Core reading list: TBA
Recommended reading list: TBA

5.2 Links

Please refer to the following link: http://www.law.hku.hk/course/learning-resources/


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