POL S 367 A: Comparative Law and Courts

Summer Term: 
B-term
Meeting Time: 
MTWThF 12:00pm - 2:10pm
Location: 
THO 234
SLN: 
14494
Joint Sections: 
LSJ 367 A
Instructor:
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Jonathan Beck
Note: 
Optional W credit.

Syllabus Description:

Instructor:                  Jonathan Beck
Office:                          Smith 039
Office hours:            MW 10:30-11:30
E-mail:                        jcbeck@uw.edu

M-F 12:00-2:10 p.m.
Summer B Term | July 25, 2018 – August 23, 2018

Are you interested in why law and courts matter for politics and policy? This course will introduce you to comparative judicial politics: how law, courts, and politics interact in countries throughout the world. The class is a core course in the Law, Societies and Justice program and will M-F from 12-2:10 p.m. during the summer B term. Your grade for the course is based on participation, reading/discussion assignments, a group debate project, a midterm, and a final project (W-optional).

We begin by critically examining the (ideal) functions of courts: to provide for “order,” resolve disputes, and to enforce legal norms. We then turn to constitutional politics in democracies, asking whether and how constitutional courts have changed national policies and empowered individuals with new rights. Next we study the development of constitutional courts in countries that are undergoing transitions to democracy, transitioning to some as yet undefined system, as well as those in non-democracies. The final section of the course is devoted to law and courts in supranational and international contexts. In particular, students will explore an increasingly powerful supranational court, the European Court of Justice, which we will compare with the European Court of Human Rights. The course concludes with an examination of the International Criminal Court.

 

 

LSJ/POL S 367 Comparative Law and Courts Grading System

Grade Scale taken from UW Handbook

http://www.washington.edu/students/gencat/front/Grading_Sys.html

UW Grade

UW Letter

100 point

4

A

95-100

3.9

A

94

3.9

A

93

3.8

A-

92

3.8

A-

91

3.7

A-

90

3.6

A-

89

3.5

A-

88

3.4

B+

87

3.3

B+

86

3.2

B+

85

3.1

B

84

3

B

83

2.9

B

82

2.8

B-

81

2.7

B-

80

2.6

B-

79

2.5

B-

78

2.4

C+

77

2.3

C+

76

2.2

C+

75

2.1

C

74

2

C

73

1.9

C

72

1.8

C-

71

1.7

C-

70

1.6

C-

69

1.5

C-

68

1.4

D+

67

1.3

D+

66

1.2

D+

65

1.1

D

64

1

D

63

0.9

D

62

0.8

D-

61

0.7

D-

60

 

F

0-59

Catalog Description: 
Introduction to comparative judicial politics, focusing on the relationship between law and politics in cross-national perspective, as well as on the functioning of supranational and international legal entities in the international system. May not be taken for credit if student has taken LSJ/JSIS B 366. Offered: jointly with LSJ 367.
Department Requirements: 
Comparative Politics Field
International Relations Field
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
September 15, 2019 - 9:05pm