PS 345-02 Fall 08 Syllabus

PS 345-02 Fall 08 Syllabus - Political Science 345-02...

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Political Science 345-02 Judicial Process Fall 2008 Course #7580 Lecture: M/W 5:10pm-7:00pm Room #186-C100 Instructor: Alison Keleher, Ph.D. Political Science Department Phone: 805/756-2017 Email: [email protected] Office: #47-12A Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays: 3:10pm – 5:00pm, and by appointment. Course Description: This course is designed to be an introduction to the study of American judicial process. We will examine American law, courts and the interaction of both to American politics, as well as the actors within all of these institutions. The primary objective of the course is to en-courage your critical thinking about the relationship between law and society. In addition to giving you an overview of how the law works in American society, we will also explore the evolution of law, and how that evolution has affected American culture and politics. Along the way we will study the roles of judges, juries, lawyers, and law enforcement, as well as current forms of alternate dispute resolution, as they operate within the American judicial system. Student Learning Objectives: Through the reading assignments, text, and lectures, you will learn about American law and its judicial process. By the end of the course you should be able identify and explain the roles and relationships of the various actors and institutions within the American judicial system, as well as demonstrate an understanding of the judicial process and its relationship to American politics and government. Required Textbooks: There are three required textbooks for this course. They are available in the Cal Poly book- store, and by many on-line vendors. Banks, Christopher P., and David M. O’Brien. 2008. Courts and Judicial Policymaking. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall Katsh, M. Ethan. 2008. Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Legal Issues, 13 th ed . New York: McGraw Hill
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Turow, Scott. 2007. One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School. New York: Grand Central Publishing. Please make sure that you acquire the correct editions of these books as they are listed below. Students who purchase earlier editions, or editions from a vendor other than the Cal Poly bookstore, do so at their own risk, as some of the material that is likely to show up on exams or quizzes may not be covered in earlier editions. Also, I recommend any one of the following writer’s guides – if you don’t already own such a guide - to aid you in writing your term paper. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing and Publishing Series) by Kate L. Turabian, Revised by John Grossman, Revised by Alice Bennett / Paperback / University of Chicago Press / February 1996 MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers , 6 th ed. Joseph Gibaldi, Foreword by Phyllis Franklin / Paperback / Modern Language Association of
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