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Stuart Alan Streichler
LSJ 490
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Comparative Legal Institutions

Focused, comparative examination of legal institutions.

Class description

Spring 2013: This quarter we will focus on Public Controversies and the Supreme Court. This course critically examines the role that the Supreme Court plays in highly divisive issues, both contemporary and historical. Major topics include affirmative action, race in the public schools, abortion, women and equal rights, healthcare reform, and Bush v. Gore. Some attention will be given to the politics of Supreme Court appointments.

Student learning goals

Students will analyze the Supreme Court as an institution involved in major political, social, and cultural controversies. (Public Controversies and the Supreme Court).

Students will learn to use evidence and logic to debate public controversies that have been addressed by the Supreme Court. (Public Controversies and the Supreme Court).

Students will evaluate the benefits and disadvantages of a legal approach to controversial questions in American political society. (Public Controversies and the Supreme Court).

General method of instruction

Lecture/discussion.

Recommended preparation

Background in political science or LSJ courses would be helpful.

Class assignments and grading

Course requirements include in-class examinations, presentations, class participation, and a paper.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Stuart Alan Streichler
Date: 03/27/2013