225.1 sec. 001 - Legal Institutions (Fall 2019)
Instructor: Rachel Stern (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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- Tu 10:00 AM - 12:40 PM
Location: 2240 Piedmont 102
From August 20, 2019
To November 22, 2019
Course End: November 22, 2019
Class Number: 32620
Enroll Limit: 22
As of: 04/07 11:14 PM
This seminar is designed to introduce the study of public law. Public law is a subfield of political science that focuses on the relationship between politics and the design, behavior, and impact of legal institutions. Although our touchstone for the course is the American legal system, we will also look at examples from legal systems around the world to gain insight onto how different political systems approach the core tasks of dispute resolution, legislation, and regulation. Over the course of the semester, we look at questions such as: What is the origin of rule of law and judicial independence? How do judges, regulators and other frontline officials make decisions? Under what conditions can law and courts create lasting political and social change?
For PhD students, the course is designed to provide an overview of a number of meaty, important research questions and familiarize you with a range of research methods. This is a chance to uncover approaches and questions that echo your own interests and predilections. For law students, this course offers a chance to zoom out from case law to take a big picture look at how political considerations shape legal institutions, both in the United States and beyond. Getting ready for each week’s discussion will also provide excellent practice cutting through material to rapidly uncover - and evaluate - the core of an argument.
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