POLSCI 317 - Courts, Politics and Society
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
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Advisory Prerequisites:
One course in Political Science.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Greene,Lawrence R

In this course, we will study the role of the judiciary in the United States from its origin in 1789 through the present day. Special attention will be given to the concept of judicial federalism as it applies to both the state and federal courts. We will discuss concepts of judicial restraint and ripeness for review as being essential to the judiciary remaining a co-equal branch of government. Additionally, we will consider the main aspects of judicial power and its limitations. In order to better understand the workings of the judiciary, much time will be spent considering court decisions and their political ramifications. In our study of judicial decision-making we will consider the following: fact finding by the courts; precedent and legal reasoning; statutory interpretation; constitutional interpretation and the process of judicial decision-making. All these topics will be explored through readings, lectures and class discussions.

POLSCI 317 - Courts, Politics and Society
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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