A Lesson Plan Comparing China’s and America’s Concepts of Law, Constitution and Legal System
|This lesson explores the Chinese legal system created after the Cultural Revolution and the creation of the Chinese Constitution in 1982. Students will learn the differences between the Chinese culture’s concepts of the law and America’s view of the legal system. Students will determine if rights are universal or culturally relative, and discuss the different reasons for dissent. Students will use a variety of sources to draw conclusions, develop persuasive skills during discussions, and create and defend an argument.
|American Government or U.S. History (11th– 12th grades), also International Relations or AP Comparative Government.
|Chinese Law, Constitution, Legal System
|2-3 50-minute periods, or 2 90-minute block periods
|Lecture on China’s legal system presented at the 1990 Institute Teachers Workshop in July 2018 by Tobias Smith.