Comparative Constitutional Law (LAW 312)

2021 Spring
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Law(LAW)
3
6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Oya Yeğen zoyayegen@sabanciuniv.edu,
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English
Undergraduate
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CONTENT

This course explores the similarities and differences between written constitutions that stem from diverse legal and cultural backgrounds. While the chosen constitutions may differ according to the instructor, the emphasis is on making critical comparisons between the different constitutional systems, including substantive areas such as: Judicial Review; Individual Freedoms; Separation of Powers; Centralization of Decision Making; Pluralism; and Protection of Democratic Principles.

OBJECTIVE

The purpose of this course is to introduce students the conceptual and theoretical foundations of constitutional law from a comparative perspective. By the end of this course, students should have a solid understanding of different constitutional systems, be able to analyze how constitutions functions in different settings, identify the role of constitutional law in effective government and have a full grasp of contemporary constitutional developments in the world today.

LEARNING OUTCOME

Achieve a broad understanding of different constitutional systems
Develop an understanding of basic legal terminology
Demonstrate knowledge on varieties of institutions of constitutional design and processes of constitution-making
Critically evaluate how different legal systems approach different legal issues and apply concepts and ideas to contemporary events

ASSESSMENT METHODS and CRITERIA

  Percentage (%)
Final 30
Midterm 20
Assignment 20
Participation 20
Written Report 10