AMERICAN LAW & INSTITUTIONS
AMST 250—FALL 2009
VOICE: 17438775 (W) 39631156 (H)
A descriptive survey of the constitutional and structural principles, processes and functions of the American governmental system, along with an examination of major political institutions
Grading Policy: 20% for Attendance*; 20% for the Class Presentation; 20% for the Midterm Exam; 20% for the Research Paper; and 20% for the Final Exam. A Guidelines sheet will be distributed outlining the requirements for your Class Presentation and for your Research Paper.
Grading Scale: 93-100=A; 90-92=A-; 88-89=B+; 83-87=B; 80-82=B-; 78-79=C+; 73-77=C; 70-72=C-; 68-69=D+; 63-67=D; 60-62=D-; 0-59=F
Attendance Policy*: Attendance in class is mandatory. It is the student’s responsibility to sign the attendance sheet each day of class; failure to sign the attendance sheet—even if in attendance—will be counted as an absence. If your unexcused absences exceed 25% of the total number of lectures of the course in this semester, you will be automatically withdrawn from the course and be given a grade of (WF) which will be counted towards your GPA. As well, you are expected to follow the syllabus and accordingly be prepared for each day's class. This means that you must read the pre-assigned readings before class so that you will be prepared to discuss and debate in class the subject matter scheduled for that day and answer questions related to the issues being covered.
* Absence from class may be made up by preparing a two-page, typed (i.e. using maximum 12 point font size and maximum double-spaced text with one-inch margin on all sides), summary on the missed material scheduled to be covered the day(s) of your absence. The summary must be in your own words and must not be copied material from the text(s), the internet, or any other source(s). All summaries must be turned in to me by the last day of classes if you want credit for your absences.
Cell Phone Policy: TURN OFF all cell phones during class. Any student whose cell phone rings, sounds alarm, or makes any noise whatsoever during class must immediately leave the classroom for that day. This policy applies to any electronic device students carry with them.
NOTE: All class readings from InfoUSA are also available online and can be printed from the AMST 250 class webpage: [http://userspages.uob.edu.bh/cscpo/amst250.htm]
Sept. 20-22: Eid Al-Fitr holidays 1430—[no classes]
Sept. 24: [Last day for dropping courses]
Sept. 27-Nov. 19: Withdrawal Period with (W)
Sept. 28: Introduction to American Law & Institutions: What Is Law?
Sept. 30: The Great Law Givers—Hammurabi
Oct. 5: The Great Law Givers—Moses
Oct. 7: The Great Law
Givers—Lycurgus (c. 800-730
Oct. 12: The Great Law
Givers—Draco (c. 621
Oct. 14: The Great Law
Givers—Solon (638 BC–558
Oct. 19: The Great Law Givers—Justinian the Great (483-565 CE)
Oct. 21: The Great Law Givers—Muhammad ibn ‘Abdullāh (c. 570-632 CE)
Oct. 26: The First
Constitution of the
Oct. 28: The
Nov. 2: The
Nov. 4: Midterm Exam
Nov. 8-12: Mid-Semester break holiday—[no classes]
Nov. 16: Contesting Unjust Laws
Nov. 18: Accountability
Nov. 23: Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied
Video: Getting Waterboarded (From the AMST250 class website)
Nov. 25: Enemy Combatants
Nov. 26: Arafah Holiday—[no classes]
Nov. 27-30: Eid Al-Adha Holiday 1430—[no classes]
Dec. 2: Suppressing Evidence
Dec. 7: Is War the Absence of Law?
Dec. 9: Following the Law
Dec. 14: The Specific Law Against Torture
Dec. 16-17: National Day of Bahrain holidays—[no classes]
Dec. 18: Al-Hijra New Year holiday—[no classes]
Dec. 21: The Specific Law Against Torture
Dec. 23: Applying the Law [Research Papers Due]
Dec. 27-28: Ashura holidays—[no classes]
Dec. 30: Restoring Legitimacy to the Rule of Law [Last Day for In-Class Presentations]