The Socratic Method

There are a small number of cases in the Sports Law textbook.  When we discuss such cases, I will employ a teaching tool called the Socratic Method.  A great summary of the Socratic Method can be found at http://www.law.uchicago.edu/socrates/method.html.  Please read the summary and accompanying links before class on September 4, 2007.  The Socratic Method is widely used in American law schools and is well-suited to the “case method” employed by the vast majority of law schools.  HPER K511 will be much different, as class time will largely be devoted to lecture and class discussion.  My aim in adopting the Socratic Method on a limited basis will be to foster collaboration and active learning (as opposed to passive learning).  By doing so, you will learn from me, I will learn from you, and we will all learn from each other.  With that said, there is one weakness in the Socratic Method.  Namely, it will fail to lend itself to its collaborative educational goals if students (or the instuctor) are unprepared.  As such, it is imperative that everyone reads (and understands) the small number of cases in the text.