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Judging Politics: Comparative Courts and Law

Introduction to the interaction between law, courts, and politics around the world—particularly in the new democracies of Africa and Latin America—but also with cases from the United States, Europe, and Asia. This course, starting from the assumption that courts are political actors, examines the formal and informal functions of courts by investigating how they have crafted national policies, empowered individual rights regimes, and shaped the democratic development of states.

Course Number

POLS 251 B1


Ellett, Rachel L.





Course Format


Course Format Description

Synchronous online course meetings two to three times a week. Students must attend at the assigned course time. Asynchronous work will include small group assignments, videos, lectures, discussion posts and other short writing assignments. Students will also meet in small groups by themselves.

Time Slot

Early Afternoon



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