- Code POLS3031
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Political Science
- Areas of interest Law, Policy Studies, Political Sciences, Politics
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
This course will provide an overview of the major debates in comparative judicial politics. The primary goal is to familiarise students with principal questions and methodological approaches to the study of a major subfield in political science. This is not a course in constitutional law and we will not focus on the development of legal doctrines or the close reading of cases. Rather, the focus of this class will be on studying law and courts as a political institution and judges as political actors. The topics that may be covered will include: judicial behaviour, strategic decision-making, the global spread of judicial review, judicial independence, litigation and legal mobilisation, and judicial careers. The focus of this course will be comparative with an emphasis on advanced industrial democracies; however, we will discuss courts and legal systems in new democracies and authoritarian regimes as well.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- critically analyse the structure and dynamics of judicial political actors;
- analyse the contribution of the judicial system to our understanding of political science;
- apply the various analytical frameworks of judicial politics;
- place judicial institutions in a comparative framework by making reference to advanced democracies; and
- demonstrate sound research, writing, and oral presentation skills.
- Seminar Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Presentation, 15 minutes (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Essay, 2500 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Take home examination, 2000 words, due 5 days after start time (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials delivered intensively over 10 days; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsKeith E. Whittington, R. Daniel Kelemen, and Gregory A. Caldeira eds, The Oxford Handbook of Law and Politics (OUP: 2010)
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