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English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Welcome

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3 readings
3 readings
About Us10m
Syllabus10m
Grading Policy and Logistics10m
1 hour to complete

Tort Law

Tort law governs how people may sue each other civilly (as opposed to criminally) in order to receive compensation for harms or injuries other people caused them. In this module, Professor Allen will explore the goals of tort law through a historic case. She will address what makes tort law distinct and issues surrounding negligence and liability.

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6 videos (Total 38 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
Tort Law: Part 4 4m
Tort Law: Part 5 5m
Tort Law: Part 6 8m
2 readings
Key Tort Law Terms10m
Supplemental Reading10m
1 practice exercise
Tort Law Quiz12m
Week
2
1 hour to complete

Contract Law

Contract law governs how promises between two individuals are enforced. Few areas of law impact our daily lives as much as contract law, and in this module you will gain a deeper understanding of what a contract is and what makes it enforceable. Professor Wilkinson-Ryan will address what constitutes a contract, why the law enforces them, the legal meanings of words in contracts, and the important requirement of consideration. Expectation damages, or the amount a court orders someone who breached a contract to pay will also be explored, all through hypothetical and real cases.

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4 videos (Total 35 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Contract Law: Part 49m
2 readings
Key Contract Law Terms10m
Supplemental Reading10m
1 practice exercise
Contract Quiz8m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

Property Law

Property law governs the relationship between individuals and things, known as property. In this module, Professor Balganesh will explore the differences between property and tort and contract law and about several specific examples of property law in action: adverse possession, landlord/tenant, and licenses. You will learn about what makes U.S. property law distinct - its origins in common law, imprint of legal realism, and pragmatism.

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4 videos (Total 67 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
4 videos
Property Law: Part 4 20m
2 readings
Key Property Law Terms10m
Supplemental Reading10m
1 practice exercise
Property Law Quiz8m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Constitutional Law

The study of constitutional law is among the most exciting parts of the law because it provides for the structure and functioning of the U.S. government. In this module, Dean Ruger will address the document itself, how it has been applied over time, the history of the document, and what makes it unique. The structure of the U.S. government as a government of limited, separated powers will be explored along with the important individual rights the Constitution provides and how the U.S. Constitution compares to others around the world.

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4 videos (Total 86 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
2 readings
Key Constitutional Law Terms10m
Supplemental Reading10m
1 practice exercise
Constitutional Law Quiz8m
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Top reviews from An Introduction to American Law

By AASep 17th 2018

I enjoyed this course and it helped me to understand the basic parts of American Law. My only suggestion is to provide even more cases as examples to demonstrate the doctrines and statutes. Thank you.

By MHFeb 19th 2017

I enjoyed learning about our laws and it's applications, as well as history. The course was informative and enjoyable. The presenters were knowledgeable and easy to understand. Well worth the time.

Instructors

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Anita Allen

Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy
Penn Law
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Shyam Balganesh

Professor of Law
Penn Law
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Stephen Morse

Ferdinand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law; Professor of Psychology and Law in Psychiatry; Associate Director, Center for Neuroscience & Society
Penn Law
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Theodore Ruger

Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law
Penn Law
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Tess Wilkinson-Ryan

Assistant Professor of Law and Psychology
Penn Law
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Tobias Barrington Wolff

Professor of Law
Penn Law

About University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. A member of the Ivy League, Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies. ...

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