Liberty JURI 600 Foundations of Law Entire Class
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please consult Liberty University for details on the requirements for this course.
This course will explore the foundational principles of the Western and American legal traditions, and, in the process, will expose the assumptions that form a person’s worldview. The student will study the rich history of law from ancient revelation through the development of common law, and from the Western legal tradition to the Founding Era up to the present. The course will emphasize the necessity of understanding these founding principles in order to properly understand modern law. Ultimately, the purpose of this course is to discover God’s laws and to encourage obedience to them throughout the nations.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand the documents and writings that shaped the Western and American legal traditions.
- Understand the Christian worldview and its influence on the development of Western and American legal traditions.
- Analyze legal materials to evaluate underlying worldviews, beliefs, and assumptions.
- Understand the Founding Era and its impact on modern law, including the crisis that has developed in the foundations of law.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided promptly for each discussion. The thread must be 300–400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. Each thread must include at least 1 reference to the textbook/course material and must be cited in the current Bluebook format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200–400 words and contain at least 1 reference from the textbook/course material, cited in the current Bluebook format.
Essay Assignments (2)
The student will write two 3–5-page research essays in the current Bluebook format that focus on specific provided topics. Each essay must include at least 3 scholarly sources in addition to the course textbook and the Bible. Citations must be in the current Bluebook format.
Note: LL.M students must add an additional 2500 words of writing in their final paper. This is a Pass/Fail component of this assignment. This is not required of the JM students.
There are four quizzes. Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the module in which it is assigned. The quizzes will be open-book/open-notes.