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"Introduction to Law"

UNIT I: LEARNING THE LAW 
Duration 2 weeks

OVERARCHING IDEA: Students learn a definition of the law and the many parts there are to the law and the role played by each part.

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: What is the purpose of the law?

OBJECTIVES
• Students will learn that the purpose of the law is to administer equal rights to all humans.
• Students will learn that the purpose of the law is to prevent fights, rows, arguments, crime, breach of the law and to prevent us from acting like uncivilized persons by killing each other.
• Students must learn that the purpose of the law is to save time and money.
 

 
UNIT II: LEARNING ABOUT THE LAWS OF CONTRACTS, TORT AND CRIME 
DURATION: 2 Weeks

OVERARCHING IDEA: Students learn the difference of and reasons for the laws of contract, tort and crime.

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: Why can we not have one solid law instead of different parts?


OBJECTIVES
• Students learn that because there are different areas of their lives, there must be a law to apply to each area.
• Students learn that because mankind is so complex and lacks discipline, each area of concern must have a law to govern it.
• Students learn that while a breach of contract or tort may pay, crime does not pay.


 

 
UNIT III: THE ORIGIN OF LAW 
DURATION: 2 Weeks

OVERARCHING IDEA: Students learn that the origin of all law comes from the Garden of Eden, The Ten Commandments and the Hammurabi Codes.

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: How does the law of God compare to the law of Man and of what relevance is it to us today?



OBJECTIVES
• Students will learn about the law of the Garden of Eden.
• Students will learn about the first murder.
• Students will learn how the law of God effects the law of man.
 

 
UNIT IV: CONSTITUTIONAL LAW – THE SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND 
DURATION: 2 Weeks


OVERARCHING IDEA: Constitutional law is the supreme law of the land and any law that challenges it becomes null and void.

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: Why is constitutional law superior to all other laws except that of human rights?

OBJECTIVES 
• Students learn that constitutional law protects the right to life.
• Students learn that constitutional law protects the right to freedom from slavery.
• Students learn that constitutional law protects the person from discrimination, arbitrary taking of property, inhumane and degrading treatment and the like.
 

 
UNIT V: HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE GREAT COMMANDMENT 
DURATION: 2 Weeks

OVERARCHING IDEA: As human rights come only from God so does the great commandment.

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: How does the great commandment compare with human rights?

OBJECTIVES
• Students will learn that human rights apply to all nations and are concerned that all men and women are treated equally around the world as these rights come from God.
• Students will learn that the United Nations was formed to protect the fundamental rights of all individuals as well as the rights of the smaller nations.
• Students will learn that putting God first and loving one’s neighbor as oneself are two of the greatest commandments in the world.

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