School Of Law

Comparative Law: Legal Systems of the WorldWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 200529.3


Student Contribution Band: 3

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Equivalent Units
F3035 - European Union Law

200008 Torts Law AND 200009 Constitutional Law AND 200010 Criminal Law AND 200011 Contracts

About this Unit
The unit introduces students to the different legal systems of the world: the common law and civil law traditions, indigenous legal systems, religion-based legal systems and legal systems in Asia. It aims to provide an understanding of how they have developed in particular legal and cultural contexts. It also examines and evaluates the impact of the introduction of western legal systems in non-western countries. The unit will study the systems of both at the general level and in relation to specific laws, such as family law, torts and contracts, dispute resolution and procedure. The unit is also concerned with the nature and function of comparative law as a discipline. Students will be encouraged to undertake individual research and to evaluate legal information derived from a variety of different sources and perspectives.

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