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COURSE NAME: "Roman Law - HONORS (This course carries 4 semester hours of credits. A minimum CUM GPA of 3.5 is required)"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2018

INSTRUCTOR: Thomas Govero
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: TTH 4:30-5:45 PM
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: Junior Standing. Co-requisite: EN 110

The course will examine the development of Roman law from the Twelve Tables through the Justinian Code. Readings and discussions of the political and social conditions of the Roman Republic and Empire will contextualize the study of the evolution of the law. These will include chapters from Livy's History of Rome, Cicero's defense and prosecution oratory, as well as selections from Pliny, Tacitus, and others. There will be considerable secondary readings on special topics. Students will be required to analyze cases in the Roman Law of property, the family, torts (delicts), and personal law. The final part of the course will consider the developments of Roman Law since the Justinian Code in the Civil Law Tradition.
The course will examine the foundations and development of Roman law from the Twelve Tables (c450 BCE) to the Justinian Code
(c530 CE).  Readings, discussion and presentations of the political, social and religious conditions of the Roman Republic and Empire
will contextualize the study of the evolution of the law.  Readings other than the textbook (Rafael Domingo, Roman Law) will include
legal documents, Cicero's essays, defense and prosecution oratory, selections form Justinian's code and interpretive essays.  Students
will be asked to analyze cases in the Roman private law, contracts, property law and delicts (torts).  Attention will be given to the
procedures of Roman law as well as the interpretations of the Jurists.  Some consideration will be given to philosophical influences
on the development of Roman law and especially Stoicism.  The course will terminate with considerations of the influences and 
tradition of Roman and Civil Law in subsequent centuries.
Students will/should be able to:
.  Be informed of the basic values, concepts and procedures of Roman Law.
.  Have a thorough grasp of the historical, social and religious contest of RL.
.  Be able to read, understand, digest and present secondary, interpretative articles on RL
.  Be able to analyze cases of RL on private, contract, property, and criminal laws.
.  Improve critical reasoning and articulate responses both orally and in writing.
.  Be motivated to continue investigating the domain of RL, Roman history and society.

Qizzes (one every two weeks) 25%
Midterm paper (5 -8 pages) on a specific interest of the material covered or a review of 3 scholarly articles 25%
Résumés (Short paragrade responses to prompts based on readings and lectures/discussions written in class and then discussed. 25%
Final paper/presentation (regular students @ 5- 8 pages/Honors @ 20 pages 25%

AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course.
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

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SessionSession FocusReading AssignmentOther AssignmentMeeting Place/Exam Dates
Tues September 4Review of syllabus, procedures, assignments and evaluation. World legal systems and Civil Law. Rafael Domingo (RD): Chapter 1, Roman Legal Concepts and Values" Due: Tues. September 11Cicero, De Legibus/On the Laws, Book 1 Due: Thurs. Sept. 13Quis 1: Tues. Sept. 18
Thurs. Sept. 6Overview of Roman historical periods and events: Regnum, Republic, Principate, Dominate.   
Tues. Sept. 11Review and discussion of RD (Textbook). Roman values. Résumé no. 1 (bluebook) 
Thurs. Sept. 13Continued discussion of Roman values from Chapter 1 - RD. Chapter 2, RD "Constitutional Background of Roman Law" Due: Tues. Sept. 18Articles: Riccobono, "Outlines of the Evolution of Roman Law" DiPietro et al. "The Roman Legacy of Law" 
Tues. Sept. 18Quiz no. 1; Chapter 1, RD and class notes. Discussion: Chapter 2, RDRD: Chapters 3, 4, 5