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Intro to Criminal Law (Part 1) - Why Do We Need Laws?
Mike Traywick - Think, Reason, and Argue Better
In this 4 week course, we will study why we need laws, how do we know if laws do what they are supposed to do, and the moral side of laws.
Why do we even need laws? Before we jump into how laws are applied and learning to think like a lawyer, we need to understand the foundations of law - why do we have them, what is the purpose, how we write laws, and how we should think of them. This brief introduction will have students thinking challenged, force them to defend their decisions with evidence, and have students going through the process of creating a law (is it easy or hard to write a law?). This class will be discussion based...
- To begin to think like a lawyer, which means to see every side of the argument and challenge their own beliefs to find the truth - That creating laws is not just writing down words on paper and walking away - laws need intentional and focused thought to get the outcome that is desired - A foundation for other legal classes in this series
These lessons are how I opened up my Criminal Law classes at the high school where I used to teach. I found them to be very effective in getting the kids to think at higher levels of abstract thought.
0Just a tool to take notes or brainstorm ideas - whatever the student is most comfortable with.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
The only thing that might be sensitive is on the last day, we will discuss the "Moral Side of Murder," which is a lesson I borrowed from a Harvard professor. You can find it on Youtube if you wish to check it out before taking the class. I use the first part of the first video where the professor talks about the trolley car and operating on people.
Meet the teacher
My name is Mike Traywick, and I am a high school teacher, a lawyer, and a veteran of the US Navy. If you are new to Outschool, you can use the PROMO Code: MIKETRA2020 for $20 off and enter the coupon code at checkout. Look through my classes at...
$49for 4 classes
1x per week, 4 weeks
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(5)
Completed by 31 learners
Live video meetings
3-12 learners per class