SINGAPORE LAW IN CONTEXT
2018/2019, Semester 1
Modular Credits: LC1015 ( 4 ) / LC1025 ( 4 )
This is an introductory course on the Singapore legal system. We start off by situating the creation, development and growth of Singapore’s legal system in the context of the different legal traditions and systems in the region, especially the ASEAN states. We then embark on a study of the key institutions that make up the system – Parliament, the Executive, and the Judiciary – and key sources of law in Singapore. Other topics that will be covered include legal education, the legal profession, appropriate dispute resolution (ADR), access to justice and legal aid, and professional responsibility and legal ethics.
At the end of the module, the student will have an overview of the workings of the various elements and facets of Singapore’s legal system. In particular, the student will be familiar with the issues surrounding the sources of law in Singapore, the problems of reception of foreign law, and the workings of the judicial system.
The course will be taught through a combination of pre-recorded documentary lectures and videos and in-class tutorials. Students are expected to engage with the material online for between 1 and 1½ hours a Tutorial and spend another 1½ hours engaging in discussions in class after mastering the required readings. There are no live or face-to-face lectures for this course.
Students will be assigned course videos to watch and readings to cover each Tutorial, and you will meet your instructors in tutorials. You are expected to come to class well-prepared and ready to discuss the assigned questions.
Class preparation is all important, you need to watch the assigned videos and read the assigned material prior to class. You will be called upon to either present or answer questions and the entire class is encouraged to engage in the discussion. Consider which arguments and propositions are useful and illuminating, and which ones seem less persuasive.
Active, effective contribution does not mean talking a lot in class. It does mean being attentive enough to the discussion to be able to identify nuances such as the points where the discussion veers away from the actual concerns expressed by the authors or individuals in the materials. This will seem intimidating at first, but we endeavour to encourage and facilitate your contributions to the discussion, whether in class or in our online discussion forums.
Workload Components : A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week