Dr. Patrick Ryan



Fall 2018
W 630-930 P, W176

E-mail:  pryan2@uwo.ca
Ph:  433-0041 Ext. 4442
Office: DL 127
Office Hours: Tues 12:30-2p and Th 11:30-1pm
Group Email: his3851@uwo.ca

Academic Program Advisor
Simone Shepherd - 519-433-0041 x4457

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COURSE DESCRIPTION: An exploration of legal culture and institutions that structured the rise of capitalism. Students will examine the fundamentals of law that arose within market society.

Prerequisite(s): 1.0 course at 2200 level or above.

READINGS: (available at The Bookstore at Western, through other book sellers, and or in the library)

1) Tamar Herzog, A Short History of European Law - the last two and a half millennia (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2018).

2) One of these three books available in the library or through online book dealers; see critical review instructions:

Option A Ian Baucom, Specters of the Atlantic: finance capital, slavery, and the philosophy of history (Duke UP, 2005).
Option B Geoffrey Samuel, A Short Introduction to the Common Law (Edward Elgar, 2013).
Option C James D. Schmidt, Industrial Violence and the Legal Origins of Child Labor (Cambridge UP, 2010).

3) Eight other article length works and a number of primary sources; see the course schedule and the case analysis paper instructions.


Discussion Participation 15% weekly
Very Short Paper (300-400 words) 15% October 5
Critical Review Paper (1,000-1,200 words) 30% November 7
Case Analysis Paper (1,200-1,500 words) 40% December 12




Students are expected to schedule appointments and other responsibilities around class time.  To be excused from discussion participation due to temporary illness or one-time unavoidable scheduling conflict, contact me directly via email. 

Please do not use email to engage me in substantive conversation, to review course material, or to pose open-ended questions.  I am happy to speak with students face-to-face or immediately after class.

If health issues are prolonged, or to request more extensive academic accommodation, you must meet with me in person and provide documentation to the Dean's Office.  If you seek more extensive forms of accommodation, I ask that you deal directly with me in-person as is appropriate.  I am available almost every working day on campus and will make an appointment to meet with you.

Penalties for late papers may be avoided if extensions are requested in advance.  Otherwise, a two-mark deduction will be taken for each of the first three days late, and a 5-mark deduction for each day thereafter.  One-month after the due date a zero will be assigned for the paper. 


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