Sep 25, 2021
POLS 2200 - The Politics of Law
Introduces the study of law as a political process with special emphasis on courts, legal ideologies, violence, and the mobilization of rights claims in social and political conflict.
Requisites: One 1000-level POLS course
Credit Hours: 3
General Education Code (students who entered prior to Fall 2021-22): 2SS
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Course Transferability: OTM course: TMSBS Social & Behavioral Sciences
College Credit Plus: Level 1
- Explain and critically discuss the history of legal philosophy and the key elements of natural law, legal positivism, legal realism, as well as contemporary trends.
- Explain the basic structures of local, state and federal court systems, the roles of the different levels of courts, and the institutional and political practices the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Understand and critically assess advanced social science works on socio-legal phenomena.
- Understand and critically assess the American legal system in comparison to select legal models in other countries.
- Verbally explain, discuss, and critically analyze a variety of legal and socio-legal issues.
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