LAW, ECONOMICS AND CULTURE
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Law, Economics, and Culture aims to provide you a working knowledge of the international legal system, market’s principal institutions, and cultural tools to analyze different global case studies that involve the conflict between Business and Human Rights (HR). We intend to help you acquire the understanding and skills to undertake critical evaluations of global legal cases, and to be able to apply this learning to the critical reporting of HR violations in the present day. Your success in this course will require sound research, independent thought, creative synthesis, teamwork and individual focus.
Course contents summary
This course is about critical legal thinking, ethics and responsibility, and human rights’ vision applied to the relationships between Law, Economics, and Culture, at global Level. Moreover, it provides independent learning, problem solving, drafting skills and the skills required to be a successful Legal Analyst. This course is an immersion in the global marketplace with particular emphasis on the relation between Law, Cultures and Business activities (International Law, Business and Human Rights, Notions of Culture, Religious Economics, Legal Institutions and Case studies). Law, Economics, and Culture’s Professor is Dr. Giancarlo Anello (phD Rome), who is a former lawyer, global religions’ scholar, and a legal anthropologist.
Introduction of the Course: Presentation, Terminology, and Useful Legal concepts; “Culture” as a Factor of the Global legal environment;
International Law as History and culture: notion and actors; International Organizations: principles & issues; Sources of the Public International Law; International Law Principles and Issues; Business vs HRs; The MENA Legal and Cultural Framework: The “Islamic” Economic Paradigm; Legal and Economic Institutions: Property:
concepts, land and applications; The state as an economic actor; taxes
and zakat; Labor Law and HRs; The contracts: international, Islamic,
intercultural approaches; Cross-cultural Negotiations; Making deals and Resolving Controversies: “Corporation”/making deals with foreigners: practical issues; Contract Law: International/Intercultural legal
The most of the research and analysis will be available on the course site, hosted in ELLY Unipr.
Suggested textbooks for non-attending students are:
- A Short Introduction to International Law, by Emmanuelle Tourme Jouannet (Author), Cambridge University Press; (December 31, 2014), pp. 131
- Economics and Culture, by David Throsby (Author), Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (December 21, 2000), pp. 232
- Introduction to Islamic Economics: Theory and Application (Wiley Finance) 1st Edition, by Hossein Askari (Author), Zamir Iqbal (Author), Abbas Mirakhor (Author), 2015, pp. 1-94 and 219-305
Law, Economics, and Culture deliberately explores and experiments with emerging international economic law, religious economics, Business and HR legal cases. The course employs role playing (you will act as professional analysts and lawyers); participatory scholarship (you are co-researchers, not students); collective curation (everyone actively authors, reviews, rates and recommends content); regenerative curriculum (every cohort self-selects and authors their own curriculum, building upon the work of previous cohorts); and open conference (your work will be discussed live in a final conference).
Regular student activities can include:
• assigned readings, with some activity that enables students to demonstrate their understanding;
• questions requiring short paragraph answers which may be shared with other students for comparison or discussion;
• formally marked and assessed weekly assignments in the form of short essays or reports;
• individual or group project work spaced over several weeks;
• online discussion forums, which the instructor will need to organize and monitor.
Assessment methods and criteria
This is a Course with a strong teaching structure: students know exactly what they need to learn, what they are supposed to do to learn this, and when and where they are supposed to do it. A reasonable estimate is that one credit graduate course is roughly equivalent to about 18 hours study a week, or a total of roughly 200 hours over 11 weeks. There will be some basic ideas and principles on whom students must spend time on each week of the course. Consequently, students will receive instructions about what they are supposed to do each week, but IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT STUDENTS DO NOT PROCRASTINATE ONLINE WORK AND HOPE TO CATCH UP TOWARDS THE END OF THE COURSE. Moreover, the course is assessed on four facets of participation:
1. an individually-published Case study Legal Analysis + a quiz concerning Basic notions of International law (20%)
2. a team-published Emerging Country Analysis (20%)
3. an individually-published Conference report (40%)
4. and a Participation Portfolio (20%) summarizing other contributions to the course.