Study Abroad - China - Curriculum

Curriculum

This 3-week summer program offers five credits of course work hours of ABA-approved credit.  

The one-week modules include:

  • Chinese Language, Culture, Legal History and Law (Duquesne University)
  • Themes in Criminal Procedure: A Comparative View
  • Issues in Family Law in Comparative Context

Chinese Language, Culture, Legal History, and Law – 1 credit

This first module course will introduce students to the overview of Chinese language, culture, legal history, and law, including classroom instruction at Duquesne, augmented with in-person visits to sites of legal and cultural importance in China. Course taught by Associate Dean Frank Y. Liu. Course held at Duquesne and on-site at legal and cultural institutions in China.

Themes in Criminal Procedure: A Comparative View – 2 credits

The second module introduces the major themes and theories of criminal procedure rules and regulations around the globe.  Students will explore and compare the purposes driving the criminal process in various countries.  Taught by Professor Jalila Jefferson-Bullock, the course will focus on issues such as truth-seeking, the presumption of innocence, protection of the rights of the accused from government misconduct, and promoting respect for criminal justice systems.

Issues in Family Law in Comparative Context – 2 credits

The third module covers constitutional and criminal features of U.S. family law, including what constitutes unlawful family violence, and the parameters of lawful state regulation of reproduction and pregnancy. Professor Kate Norton will teach the course. Guest lectures with Chinese faculty will provide comparative perspective on how family law functions in China.

Class Schedule

To maximize the free time of the students' weekends, classes meet:

  • Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Check back for the program schedule.

Course Materials

The course materials will be prepared by the Duquesne faculty member who will be teaching the program.

Examination

The examination for these courses will occur on the final day of the program, and will consist of a combination of multiple-choice and essay questions. Students will be permitted to refer to notes during the exam, provided that they took the notes themselves during the course of the program. Students will take a comprehensive written examination on the last day of class.

Students will earn up to 5 academic credits through participating in the program. The program consists of three distinct courses, each of which will be graded separately on Duquesne’s standard letter scale. Grades earned in these courses will count toward students’ QPA and graduation requirements, and may also be used to fulfill concentration requirements.

Students are required to attend all lectures and sponsored excursions during the program.