CCGL9032 Global Issues
Rule of Law in a Globalizing World
[This course is under the thematic cluster of ‘Sustaining Cities, Cultures, and the Earth’.]
The footprint of the Rule of Law, as an ideology, can be found throughout the world in almost all domestic jurisdictions as well as international governance bodies. The Rule of Law can be expressed as different levels depending on the ultimate goals in introducing it into a society. With a different goal, the demands on the legal institutions to implement the Rule of Law are also different.
Understanding the Rule of Law as different levels also provides a framework to understand how it is being globalized. For non-western societies aiming to develop the Rule of Law, owing to their different historical, political, economic, social and cultural contexts, the specific level of the Rule of Law that they aim to sustain or achieve and the form and manner of the legal institutions operating to implement the Rule of Law may be different from western societies.
This course aims to explore the developmental processes of the Rule of Law in different societies under globalization.
Course Learning Outcomes
On completing the course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of the basic concepts of law, the Rule of Law and globalization.
- Describe the evolution of the principle of the Rule of Law in western societies and explain the impact of globalization in influencing the developmental path of the Rule of Law in non-western societies.
- Illustrate the different levels of the Rule of Law and the institutions needed to achieve the goals of each of the levels and the cultural conditions for each of the levels.
- Compare and analyze different methods used in ascertaining the level of the Rule of Law attained by a political community.
- Review the multi-dimensional relationships between law and globalization.
Offer Semester and Day of Teaching
First semester (Wed)
|Activities||Number of hours|
|Reading / Self-study||30|
|Assessment: Research paper||30|
Assessment: 100% coursework
|Performance in tutorials||10|
|Portfolio and research paper||45|
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