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THE ROLE OF THE SUPREME COURT IN AMERICAN LAW
Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Netherlands - Utrecht University - 'Utrecht Univ.'
UC Course SubjectLegal Studies
Number & Suffix: 119
Full UC Title: THE ROLE OF THE SUPREME COURT IN AMERICAN LAW 
Transcript Title: ROLE SUPREME COURT 
UC QTR Units - Division: 6.0 - Upper Division 
Course Description: This course focuses on the specific role the Supreme Court of the United States plays in American law and society. By using an adversarial, very active, and participatory approach we hope to engage students in an introductory yet in-depth analysis of American constitutional law. The course begins by covering the history of the constitution, the judicial review by the Supreme Court, and the composition and workings of the court itself. The role of the Supreme Court in the American legal system and the politics of Supreme Court decision-making are examined. Issues that are discussed are: the procedure for appointing Justices; the way in which the Court selects its own cases; the process by which the Justices make decisions and write opinions; the internal operations of the Court; the importance of precedent and how to bypass it. Finally, the course explains the different schools of constitutional interpretation that have gradually developed in the court’s and individual justice’s jurisprudence. The so-called Socratic method applies, which means that the issues are explained on the basis of questions by the lecturers and answers by the students. The second half of the course requires students to apply this knowledge by arguing cases on a number of hot topics in American jurisprudence, areas of law in which public opinion is usually very polarized and where society looks to the court for guidance. Although this role is profound in many areas of law and public policy, the course focuses on the issues of the death penalty, privacy and abortion, the separation of church and state, affirmative action, and the increasing reliance on foreign and international sources by American judges. Students ascertain how the opinions submitted by the Justices relate to their judicial philosophies. They are encouraged to link the assigned cases to their political context, which is always important at the Supreme Court level. shows like 'Crossfire' on CNN and 'Hannity & Colmes' on Fox News Channel. 
Language of Instruction: English
 
Partner Title: THE ROLE OF THE SUPREME COURT IN AMERICAN LAW 
Partner University Department: Law 
Partner University Course Number: RGBOS0100