POLSCI 389 - Topics in Contemporary Political Science
Section: 003 The Supreme Court and Constitutional Law
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
ULWR, SS
Waitlist Capacity:
20
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
One course in Political Science.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 10 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

What is the relationship between the Supreme Court and the Constitution? Does the Constitution meaningfully constrain and guide Court decisions, or do Justices simply make reference to constitutional principles to justify their votes in cases? To what extent do public opinion and judicial precedent guide Court decisions?

In this course, we ask these questions from both positive and normative perspectives. We consider both historical and modern Supreme Court cases in the areas of judicial review, federalism, racial discrimination, and election law. We will also examine empirical research on judicial politics that produces evidence on the influences of Justices' rulings.

This course is in the American Politics subfield.

Intended Audience:

This class will benefit any student who seeks to make persuasive arguments in competitive communicative environments.

Class Format:

Recitation that meets for an hour and a half twice a week.

POLSCI 389 - Topics in Contemporary Political Science
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
P
30420
Open
5
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (REC)
P
25473
Open
5
 
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (REC)
P
26297
Closed
0
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
004 (REC)
P
28563
Open
19
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
005 (REC)
P
27068
Open
1
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
006 (REC)
P
30454
Open
13
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
008 (REC)
P
32641
Open
25
 
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M 6:00PM - 9:00PM
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