This seminar has two central goals: (1) to introduce students to the scholarly literature regarding judicial politics, especially regarding the U.S. Supreme Court, and in so doing discuss some of the most important scholarly debates in the field; and (2) to emphasize the importance of sound theoretical arguments, careful research designs, and compelling empirical results. This course is taught from a perspective that emphasizes the study of courts is closely connected to the theoretical and empirical traditions in American Politics. As such, we will focus on the social scientific study of judicial process and politics, analyzing the substantive, theoretical, and methodological developments in the field. We will concentrate primarily on contemporary readings but will read enough older literature to be cognizant of the field's development.
Course Attributes: EN S; AS SSC; AS SD I; FA SSC