NCHS Social Studies Department -Ms. Kristine Goldhawk
Grade: 11 - 12
Duration: 1 Semester
Credit: 0.5 per Semester
This course is an introduction to the American legal system. We will study the structure and procedures of both the federal and CT state systems. Legal issues in civil rights and liberties, family law, criminal law, and tort law will be discussed. This course is both practical and analytical. Students will apply legal principles learned to various scenarios, using precedent and reasoning.
Unit 1: Introduction to Law
Unit 5: Torts
Unit 2: Freedom of Expression
Unit 6: Discrimination
Unit 3: Religion and Privacy
Unit 7: Crimes & Defenses
Unit 4: Family Law
Unit 8: Criminal Procedure & Sentencing
The course will employ a variety of materials ranging from legal opinions to legal histories. Students will be evaluated on their written assignments, tests, and oral presentations.
Course materials and calendar can be accessed via Schoology.
Text: Street Law, National Street Law Institute.