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225.1 sec. 001 - Law and Politics Foundation Seminar (Spring 2024)

Instructor: Rachel E Stern  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


W 10:00 AM - 12:40 PM
Location: 2240 Piedmont 102
From January 10, 2024
To April 17, 2024

Course Start: January 10, 2024
Course End: April 17, 2024
Class Number: 33458

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 10
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 24
As of: 04/23 01:16 AM

This graduate seminar provides an introduction to the study of law and politics. 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.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

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Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP)

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