Singapore University of Social Sciences

Introduction to the Singapore Legal System

Introduction to the Singapore Legal System (PSS101)

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Language: English

Duration: 6 months

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Area of Interest: Humanities & Social Sciences

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Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


Synopsis

PSS101 Introduction to the Singapore Legal System provides students with an overview of the legal system and the operational context of the Singapore Criminal Justice System (SCJS). Students will learn about the administration of law and justice. They will learn about the different processes within the system. Students will gain insights into the development of law in Singapore and the roles played by the different stakeholders. This course will also teach students basic legal skills such as understanding and analysing case law, correctly interpreting statutes and correct use of precedents in developing legal arguments.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: -

Topics

  • Overview of Singapore Legal System and its ethos
  • Criminal Justice and the Constitution I – Separation of Powers, The Legislature
  • Criminal Justice and the Constitution II – The Executive: Investigation and Prosecution
  • Criminal Justice and the Constitution III – The Judiciary
  • Criminal Justice and the Constitution IV – Fundamental Liberties
  • Objectives of the Criminal Justice System
  • Overview of Criminal Procedure in Singapore
  • Singapore Courts I – The State Courts
  • Singapore Courts II – The Supreme Court
  • Understanding Statutory Law
  • The Common Law: The Role of Precedent
  • The Common Law: The Correct Use of Precedent

Learning Outcome

  • Examine the operational context of the Singapore Legal System including the Criminal Justice System
  • Assess the roles and responsibilities of the various stakeholders comprising the Singapore Criminal Justice System
  • Discuss trends and challenges within the Singapore Criminal Justice System
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of Singapore Criminal Justice System in achieving its aims
  • Describe and discuss the hierarchy of courts in the Singapore Criminal Justice System and the role of precedent
  • Identify the key principles underpinning the Singapore Criminal Justice System
  • Formulate strategies relating to delivery of justice
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