This course is discontinued

NORAM4573 – American Society and the Law

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Course content

This course focuses on how legal aspects and considerations have put their stamp on American society. It discusses the basic principles of American society and how they are reflected in everyday American life and politics; in short, how law, legalistic thinking, and the legal system are integral parts of life in modern America.

Learning outcome

The aim of this course is to explain the central part played by the law, the courts of law, and lawyers in American society, both in everyday life and as part of the national ideology.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

Admission to the master program in North American area studies, LAP or other relevant master programs.

Recommended previous knowledge

The course assumes a good proficiency in written and oral English.

NORAM1503 – American politics, institutions, geography, economic system (discontinued) and/or NORAM1500 – American history (discontinued) are recommended.

Overlapping courses

This course overlaps with ENG2573 – American Society and the Law (discontinued).


The course is taught throughout the semester with 2 hours per week, 28 hours in all. There is a mid-term break (one week in autumn term, two weeks in spring term) during which the students are expected to prepare obligatory assignments (see below) and otherwise study on their own. 70% attendance is required.


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Students will write an essay (5 standard pages, 11.500 bytes) at an appointed time. The essay must be approved by the tutor; if it is not, the student will be barred from attempting the final 3-day take home exam. Once the course requirements have been fulfilled, they remain valid for the current and the two consecutive semesters when the course is given.

Previous exams:

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

The results will be found on the StudentWeb within three weeks after the exam.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2008

Autumn 2006


Autumn 2008

Autumn 2006

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