|Studies in Law and the Judicial System-2
Political Science 377-24
Roosevelt University, Robin Campus, Arlington Heights
Spring Semester, 1989 Mondays 6:30-9:00 p.m., Room 107
This course is a broad survey of all aspects of and issues in law and judging. Part one deals with law in general, approached from various angles: historical, comparative, sociological, doctrinal, institutional, and philosophical. Part two deals that special kind of legal matter, the written constitution. We will investigate what difference there is, if any, between the US Constitution and constitutional law (the opinions of the Supreme Court) and assess judicial review (the power of the Court to invalidate legislative and executive acts on the grounds of unconstitutionality) in light of the norm of popular sovereignty and in the light of our understanding of law and judging gained in part one of the course.
Grades will based on the following four considerations: 1) an 8-12 page paper based on the Stein, Shapiro, and Hart books, due by March 13 (30%), 2) an 8-12 page paper based primarily on the Currie and Levy books, due by May 1 (50%), 3) a test on terminology, to be held in class on March 6 (10%), 4) attendance and participation (10%).
Be sure to make a copy of each paper before handing it in. With the final paper please include a self-addressed, stamped, large envelope so I can return your graded papers directly.
2. Jan. 23: Prototype of the court
3. Jan. 30: Comparative judicial systems: Common, Civil, Chinese, and Islamic Laws
4. February 6: Institutions of dispute settlement and law finding
5. Feb. 13: Institutions of substantive law
6. Feb. 20: John Austin
7. Feb. 27: Primary and secondary rules
8. March 6: Law and morality, international law, TEST
9. Mar. 13: FIRST PAPER DUE (no class SPRING VACATION)
II. CONSTITUTION AS LAW
11. Mar. 27: Judicial review
12. April 3: Contract clause, bill of rights, and first amendment
13. Apr. 10: Fourth, fifth, and ninth amendments
14. Apr. 17: Jurisprudence of original intent
15. Apr. 24: Bills of rights from around the world
May 1: FINAL PAPER DUE