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With the end of the former Soviet Union, we now live in a unipolar world, and even if the world order does not remain unipolar, the American polity will remain highly significant to understanding modernity. Moreover, features of the American legal system, particularly its constitutional vision, have been exported to many legal systems worldwide. This course seeks to put the American legal system in its historical and modern global context, with a particular focus on American public law doctrine, including: federalism; separation of powers; enumerated and unenumerated individual rights; war & peace; presidential succession; and presidential powers. Likewise, this course will cover significant aspects of American (national and state) tort law and criminal law. Any aspect of this module (including the weighting of the module mark’s components between continuous assessment and University scheduled written examination) may be changed in any given academic year, subject to the discretion of the module lecturer.