What is the law?

What is the law? 1.1 FORENSICS - AUGUST 26, 2014 Objectives: SWBAT Analyze the concept of Law Identify the expectations that society has for laws Identify the key varieties of law Analyze the impact of Hammurabis Code What is the

Law? Brief discussion: What is a law? What should a law do? Why do we have laws? Who should make those laws? Who should enforce those laws?

5 MIN The expectations of the law The hallmark of a democratic society is the RULE OF LAW In a democracy no one can be above the law Laws are generally a reflection of the values of a society Protect basic human rights

Promote fairness Resolve conflicts Promote order and stability Promote desirable behavior Represent the will of the majority Moral Fundamental questions of right and wrong Are morals absolute? Political

The relationship between a government and its people What will participation look like? Social Values that are particular to that individual society America vs China vs France vs Catholic vs Jewish vs Orthodox Jew Economic The accumulation, preservation and distribution of

resources Who controls the resources? How are they used? Capitalism vs Communism Cathrine Genovese was attacked and stabbed to death in 1964 in a highly populated area of Queens, She struggled and screamed for 30 minutes; she NYC.

pleaded for help. Almost 40 people heard her screams and/ or watched from their window Twice the killer was scared off by people shouting and voices, but when he realized that no one was calling the cops he returned to finish the act Did the bystanders commit a crime by not acting? Should the law hold them accountable? CW: Hammurabis Code

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