College General Ed,
College Lower Division,
Basic computer skills.
1.To acquaint students with the basics of English law.
2.To acquaint students with a trial of a famous British figure with an international reputation.
Text of Learning Exercise:
Instructions: Once on the site "Exploring Constitutional Law," scroll to the bottom of the page and Click "Famous Trials." Click the "Trials of Oscar Wilde." Read the following sections: Wilde's Letters to Douglas, Queensberry on Wilde, Poems of Lord Douglas; Wilde's Writings on Trials, Libel Trial Transcript, First Criminal Trial, Second Criminal Trial, Prison Writings, Homosexuality and the Law. Write a 5-7 page paper answering the following questions: 1.Who were the leading figures in Wilde Trials? 2.What laws were broken? 3.Who brought the case to trial and on what grounds? 4. Why were there two trials? 5. What was the verdict? 6. How did the trial and verdict affect Oscar Wilde's career and family? 6. What does the trial tell us about the moral and social conventions of 19th century Great Britain? 7. Could the trials have been avoided? Explain. 8. What are your views about this case and its consequences?