By what right?

Since 2009, the Seine-Saint-Denis County Council has been backing “la Culture et l’Art au Collège (CAC)”. This project is based to a large extent on the presence in class for several weeks (40h) of an artist or scientist whose mission is to engage the students in a process of research and creation. 

 

Tutors: Victoria Bley/ PhD student in law, Emmanuelle Goby, Sylviane Higelin, Sophie Schwilden, Charles Rominger/ barristers

Project manager: Anna Mezey

 

Objectives :
This project uses a fiction to introduce the pupils to the law. It is an imaginative exercise, but based on the Civil Code. The class was declared to be all on its own, lost in an imaginary land. Things had to be organised fast: how to go about making and applying a set of laws for living in society?

Workshops: 
At first, the pupils were asked to say what the law meant to them. The tutor guided them with questions such as: Who makes the rules? What is a law? Whey do we need rules? What is the ideal society?

Then they laid down the main elements of their community (creating official posts and defining a new territory). What is likely to happen? With the tutor’s help, they discussed how we work out rules that must apply to everyone. They invented and wrote laws for concrete cases in everyday life: civil status, relations between people, ownership of property, citizens’ rights and duties, etc.

At the end, they compared their fictive society with French society today.

Exhibition:
The pupils made an 8-minute video in which a few delegates from each class, and the jurists they worked with, explain the way the imaginary communities function. The video was shown in the schools with the MICACO screening equipment.

Special thanks to Alain Alcufrom, President of the 23rd chamber section 2 of the Paris Law Court, Serge Guitard, President of the 23rd chamber section 1 of the Paris Law Court, Jean-Pierre Brard, deputy for Seine-Saint-Denis at the National Assembly.

 

Outings (selection):
- HEARINGS AT THE BOBIGNY LAW COURT, THE PARIS LAW COURT AND THE OMBUDSMAN’S OFFICE.
- PREFECTURE MUSEUM: GUIDED TOUR ON THE THEME OF THE HISTORY OF THE POLICE.
- WALK AROUND THE ÎLE DE LA CITÉ, LEARNING ABOUT THE ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY OF PARIS TO UNDERSTAND THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR CIVIL SOCIETY.

Participating schools :
- Collège Jean-Moulin, Neuilly-Plaisance
- Collège Aimé et Eugénie Cotton, Le Blanc-Mesnil
- Collège Théodore-Monod SEGPA, Gagny
- Collège Jean-Zay SEGPA, Bondy
- Collège Lenain-de-Tillemont SEGPA, Montreuil