Welcome to American Legal System with Jason Leggett
This class has been co-designed with Helen Margaret Nasser of the Honors Department and has been developed over three years of extensive research and practice in civic learning and democratic engagement.
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Additional Course Work
After years of studying the subject of law and identity from a comparative, international and domestic level of judicial processes, I am drawn to those individuals who are excluded or denied from the legal process. As we will study in this course, it is easy to get overwhelmed and bogged down in the world around us. But we also believe that this provides a window of opportunity to discuss, study, and sketch a just legal process. We also believe in meaningful choice. In this course you will have many options. We think the best learning happens when it is personal and relevant to your academic and career interests.
As a civic engagement course, we have a responsibility to ensure and measure whether civic learning is occurring and discuss how civic engagement can be co-designed and integrated into so called content based courses. In this process we can also co-design and integrate grading and individual assessments. We believe democratic learning is transparent and accountable, we encourage your feedback and always appreciate new and helpful ideas.
Students will learn how the courts can provide a framework for change as a co-equal decision making branch of representative government.
In order to gain the knowledge needed throughout this course it is important that you think about these assessments and assignments for grading.
- There may be periodic quizzes drawn from the reader.
- There will be discussion questions and feedback.
- There will be a co-designed critical participatory action research project.
There are also numerous opportunities to earn extra credit and I am happy to work with student clubs, outside groups, and alternative learning environments.