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College of Humanities, Behavioural and Social Sciences Department of History, Geography and the Social Sciences
LAWC107: Fundamentals of Law and Legal Systems
Course Information Section: Semester: Class Location: Class Times: Course Web Address: Instructor: Office Location: Office Hours: Email Address: Office Phone: Mobile Phone: A Fall 2012 RH507 Online

Instructor Contact Information Denise D-M. Brown Department of Quality Management and Assessment (East Campus) 12:00-1:00 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays 876- 963-7126 876-509-8985

This course is designed to give students an understanding of the principles that govern the legal system in the Commonwealth Caribbean.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: The basic objective of this course is to introduce students to the knowledge of the historical institutional and legal context of the operation of law in the Commonwealth Caribbean. The issues dealt with in the course cover not only institutions within the legal system, but also significant legal functionaries within it. Students should be able after this course, to put other areas of law into their proper context and show how substantive legal rules are given their validity and effect. In this context, there will an integration of faith of learning and students will consider how biblical principles can guide these themes. Students are expected to demonstrate their learning with faith in giving service to others.

COURSE CONTENT: General Introduction on the Nature and Function of Law Sources of Law- Cases, Statues, Constitution, etc. Legal Traditions-Types of Legal Tradition Systems in the Commonwealth Caribbean (CC)
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The Significance of English Law to Caribbean Jurisdictions Types of Law Origins and Evolution of Law in the West Indies Administration of Justice in the West Indies

EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES: During and at the end of this course, the student is expected to: Demonstrate through successful assessment the nature and function of law Ably apply the sources of law to assignments and class discussion Differentiate between and articulate the types and history of legal tradition in the Commonwealth Caribbean Demonstrate in class discussion and through successful assessments the different types of law as they exist in the CC and the wider world Develop views on and correctly record and articulate the evolution of law in the West Indies.


The course will be taught through a series of lectures: (online, face to face), field tripsincluding law library and court sessions. This course will be taught by way of three

All assignments are to be presented using the OSCOLA Format Assignments are to be sent electronically or uploaded to the Universitys Education database Grading Information/Course Work Weighting Item 1 (Quizzes) Item 2 (Sectional Exams) Item 3 (Assignments) Item 4 (Field Project) Item 5(Final Exam) Total 5% 25% 20% 10% 40% 100%

Percentage Score 90 100% 85 89% 80 84% Letter Equivalent A AB+ Percentage Score 65 69% 60 64% 55 59% Letter Equivalent C+ C C-

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75 79% 70 74%

B B-

50 54% Less than 50%


Academic Honesty (See University Bulletin) Class Administrative Policies (Bulletin)

MAIN TEXT: Antoine, R.M.B, Commonwealth Caribbean Law and legal Systems, Cavendish Press, London, Second Edition SUPPLEMENTARY TEXT: Anthony KD, Comparative Legal Studies, 1986, Washington: OAS, General Secretariat

Dates Course Content Reading Assignment/Activit y Due

PART 1- Introduction August 27- Using OSCOLA Referencing September Introduction to Law and Legal Systems Chapter 1 of Main 5 in the Commonwealth Caribbean Textbook September Legal Traditions-Types of Legal Chapter 2 of Main Test # 1 10-19 Tradition Systems in the Textbook (Quiz) Commonwealth Caribbean September The Significance of English Law to Chapter 4 of Main Assignment #1 24Caribbean Jurisdictions Textbook October 3 PART 2- the Sources of Law in the Commonwealth Caribbean October 8- Introduction to the Sources of Law Chapter 5 of Main Test #2 17 Textbook (Sectional) October Types of Law Assignment 22-24 #2 PART 3- Evolution of Law in the West Indies October Origins and Evolution of Law in the Journals/Articles/Text 29book Test #3 West Indies November (Sectional) 14 PART 4- Administration of Justice- the Courts November Administration of Justice in the Assignment #3 19-26 (Field project) West Indies November Issues in the Legal Systems of the Assignment # 4 28-Dec. World Presentation/Researc 10. h Paper December Final Examination Final Examination

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Additional work will not be provided or an examination repeated in order to raise a final grade. (NB) All papers and assignments submitted should include a certificate of authorship digitally signed by the student. Be aware that any submitted work for this course may be subjected to detection of plagiarism and breach of copyright. Participation - students are required to login regularly to the online course website (how often will be designated by instructor, e.g. 5 times per week) . An audit/tracking feature embedded in the eLearning system - orion DL, will be utilized to monitor student activity. Students are also required to participate in all class activities such as discussion forums, online chat or conference sessions and group collaboration. Conduct within the Online Learning Environment - the same guidelines that apply to traditional classes should be observed in the eLearning environment. Please use proper netiquette when interacting with class members and the course instructor.


Students will use their orion user account credentials to login to the course through the orion Learning Management System (orion LMS): For assistance or further details regarding access to online courses please visit: For first time users or those requiring further familiarity with the eLearning system, please visit and click on the orientation link. University Information Systems Services (UNISS) provides technical support between the hours of 8:00AM and 10:00PM Mondays through Thursdays and 8:00AM to 1:30PM on Fridays. The help desk may be reached at (1-876-523-2064) or online chat for immediate assistance. Email service requests can be directed to:


The university is committed to providing a reliable online course system to all users. However, in the event of any unexpected server outage or any unusual technical difficulty which prevents students from completing a time sensitive assessment activity, the instructor will provide an appropriate accommodation based on the situation. Students should immediately report any problems to the instructor and also contact the UNISS eLearning Help Desk: , 1-876-523-2064. The instructor and the UNISS eLearning Help Desk will work with the student to resolve any issues at the earliest possible time.

In addition to a competent level of computer and Internet literacy, there are some minimum technical requirements must be met to enable a successful learning experience. Please review the important technical requirements and the web browser configuration information at to ensure that your personal computer meets the outlined requirements.

This online course has integrated communication tools that may be used for to facilitate interaction and communication. Other communication mediums such as email, instant LAWC107: Fundamentals of Law and Legal System Course Outline Page 4 of 6

messaging and web conferencing tools may also be utilized throughout the course. For more details please visit . Interaction with Instructor: The instructor will communicate with students primarily using the Announcements and Discussions tools. Students may send personal concerns or questions to the instructor via email or using the course messaging module. The instructor will as much as possible reply to students queries within a week.

Distance Learners will need an orion user account to access all of the librarys electronic resources (reserves, journal articles, ebooks and search online databases) from off campus. For NCU students living close to one of our extension campuses, a valid NCU ID card is required to check out materials from the Library. For more information on library resources go to

Please use the Assignments link on the course menu or see the icon on the designated page to upload assignments. You may click on the link for each assignment and follow the onscreen instructions to upload and submit your file(s). Bear in mind that you may only submit each assignment once, after which you should receive an onscreen confirmation. Please refer to the Help menu for more information on using this tool. Please note: each assignment link will be deactivated after the assignment due time. Additionally, unless stated otherwise, assignments are typically due at 11:59 PM on the specified date. After your submission is graded, you may click each assignments Graded tab to check the results and feedback. If necessary drafts of work for mastery learning may be sent via email to the instructor for review prior to submission. For team project assignments, one group member will submit the assignment for the group and all group members will be able to view the results and feedback once its been graded. Assignment Submission Instructions using Turnitin: Assignment(s) will be submitted and inspected via Turnitin, which is an integrated eLearning tool for plagiarism detection. To submit your assignments, click on the Turnitin icon located on the assignment submission web page. Next, click the submit icon. After which you will need to upload your assignment file - please note that only one file may be submitted. To submit your assignment, click on Browse and locate your file then click the Submit button. You will be able to review before confirming your submission. You may return at a later time when the report is available, typically within 24 hours, to review the Originality Report which indicates the sources detected and how similar the assignment is to these sources. Please note it may take some time for Turnitin to generate the originality report. For further information on using Turnitin, please go to:

You are required to complete an evaluation of the course at the end of the semester/module. These evaluations are used to garner valuable feedback that helps to improve the quality of instruction. Online course evaluations will be made accessible around the end of the semester/module and students will be informed via email or internal messages when they become available.

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A proctored final examination will be required for this course. Final exams are scheduled for and administered on campus at the end of the semester. You will be required to present your students ID and examination authorization form to the examiner.

Northern Caribbean University is aware of the efficiency, effectiveness and overall importance of communication between students and faculty/staff through electronic mail. At the same time, e-mail raises some issues concerning security and the identity of each individual in an email exchange. The university encourages all official student email correspondence be sent only to a students NCU e-mail address and that faculty or staff consider email from students official only if it originates from a NCU student account. This allows the university to maintain a high degree of confidence in the identity of all individual corresponding and the security of the transmitted information. NCU furnishes each student with a free e-mail account that is to be used in all communication with university personnel. The University Information Systems Services Department at NCU also provides a method for students to have their NCU e-mail forwarded to other accounts.


All students are expected to maintain a high level of responsibility with respect to academic honesty. Students engaged in cheating or academic dishonesty of any form will be subject to disciplinary penalties which include the possibility of failure for the course and/or dismissal from the University. Cheating, dishonesty, plagiarism, copying portions of another students work is totally unaccepted and will be dealt with seriously . A minimum penalty will be a zero for the course work submitted. Further action may be taken at the instructors discretion. In view of the fact that such dishonesty harms the individual, all students and the integrity of the University, policies on scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforced.


Any form of cheating is sufficient for an automatic F for the course. Cheating, dishonesty, plagiarism, copying portions of another students work is totally unacceptable and will be dealt with seriously. A minimum penalty will be a zero for the course work submitted. Further action may be taken at the instructors discretion. DISCLAIMER: The Department reserves the right to make adjustments to this course outline as deemed necessary.

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