Listed in: Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, as LJST-103
Lawrence R. Douglas (Section 01)
This course will examine the relationship between legal institutions and democratic practice. How do judicial decisions balance the preferences of the majority and the rights of minorities? Is it possible to reconcile the role that partisan dialogue and commitment play in a democracy with an interest in the neutral administration of law? How does the provisional nature of legislative choice square with the finality of judicial mandate? By focusing on the United States Supreme Court, we will consider various attempts to justify that institution’s power to offer final decisions and binding interpretations of the Constitution that upset majoritarian preferences. We will examine the origins and historical development of the practice of judicial review and consider judicial responses to such critical issues as slavery, the New Deal, and abortion. The evolving contours of Supreme Court doctrine will be analyzed in the light of a continuing effort to articulate a compelling justification for the practice of judicial intervention in the normal operation of a constitutional democracy.
Limited to 40 students. Fall semester. Professor Douglas.
How to handle overenrollment: Priority to LJST majors, and then by seniority.
Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Written work, readings, in-class quizzes or exams
Tu 02:30 PM - 03:50 PM FAYE 115
Th 02:30 PM - 03:50 PM FAYE 115
This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.
|Two Treatises of Government||John Locke||TBD|
|The Federalist Papers||James Madison, et. al.||TBD|