This seminar provides an introduction to the study of the law and courts in American politics. This includes examination of courts as policy-shaping institutions, the motivation and behavior of judges, and the political contexts of courts and judging. The readings draw on current and classic work in political science and law and represents a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives. Courts and judges sit at the intersection of law and politics in the U.S. This seminar is particularly suited for students interested in understanding and studying this connection.
Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought requirement.
Permission of the instructor required.