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LAW 3281 Constitutional Politics: The U.S. Supreme Court

D. Chutkow
Fall. 4 Credits. S-U or letter grade.
[also GOVT 3281 and AMST 3281] This course investigates the United States Supreme Court and its role in politics and government. It traces the development of constitutional doctrine, the growth of the Court's institutional power, and the Court's interaction with Congress, the president, and society. Discussed are major constitutional law decisions, their political contexts, and the social and behavioral factors that affect judges, justices, and federal court jurisprudence.

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Please use Student Center to request classes for the Fall '16 semester during the add/drop period.

LAW 4021 Competition Law and Policy

G. A. Hay
Fall. 4 Credits. S-U or letter grade.
Prerequisite: This course requires no legal training or background but ECON 1110 (Elementary Microeconomics) or its equivalent is a prerequisite. Enrollment limited to: undergraduates only.

[also ECON 3805] This course will examine issues that arise when a country attempts to implement and maintain a "competition policy" as a way for promoting economic growth and efficiency. The basic reading material will start with actual cases (most of them arising under U.S. antitrust law), and use those cases to probe the legal, economic and broad policy issues that the cases raise. This course is intended for non-law students; law students interested in the subject should take LAW 6101.

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Please use Student Center to request classes for the Fall '15 semester during the add/drop period.

LAW 2650 Psychology and Law

V. Hans. & J. Rachlinski. Undergraduates only.
Fall. 4 Credits. S-U or letter grade.
[also HD 2650 and PSYCH 2650] This course explores how cognitive, social & clinical psychology are used in law. Law makes many assumptions about human psychology, and lawyers and judges regularly rely on psychological research in their cases. The course examines the psychology underlying criminal confessions; children's testimony; the insanity defense; risk assessment; judge and jury decision making; criminal punishment; constitutional law; and common law (tort, contract, and property) disputes. The course assesses the use and misuse of psychology in these subjects.

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LAW 4071, LAW CULTURE AND SOCIETY IN CHINA

X. Yu. Undergraduates only.
Fall. 4 Credits. S-U or letter grade.
What is the role of law in contemporary Chinese society? How is traditional Chinese normative culture influencing modern Chinese institutions and individuals? What are the main obstacles on China's road towards the Rule of Law? This course examines the complex relations of law, culture and society in China by employing interdisciplinary and comparative approaches, focusing on the interaction between legal, cultural and social phenomena: how law shapes culture and society and how forms of culture and social relations influence the modernization of law. The course has three parts. Part I serves as a general introduction to the study and understanding of law, culture and society. It first introduces a wide array of perspectives on law, society and the relations between law and society, and then looks into the interaction of major legal and social relations, including law and the individual, law and family, law and the economic growth, and law and the state. Part II offers a cross-cultural analysis of legal systems and the role of law in Chinese societies. Drawing on materials from legal systems of China, Hong Kong and the United States, it examines fundamental aspects of law and legal institutions, including legislative process, judicial behavior, conflict resolution mechanisms, and the nature and role of the legal profession. It also touches upon several discrete legal areas, including constitutional, civil, criminal, and administrative law. Part III provides an introductory discussion of selected areas to which law has been of increasing importance in China, such as the relation between law and mass media, law and the Internet, and law, language and literature. No prerequisites. 4 Credits

Evaluation: a mid-term exam (30%), a short paper (20%) and a final exam (50%)


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Please use Student Center to request classes for the Fall '16 semester during the add/drop period.