Judicial Process and Behavior

PLS 320

This course is intended to familiarize the student with the organization of American courts (both state and federal), their role in our society, the processes in practice through which judges act, and their impact on politics. The course will also have a comparative judicial focus with attention given to judicial institutions in other countries. We will compare the reality of how judges behave to society’s myths and expectations about how they should function and will discuss the limits of what can and should be expected of courts and judges. A central theme will be to analyze judges as political players who have a profound impact on the development and implementation of public policy.