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Political Science 6700

Legal System: Courts  with Jason M. Leggett, J.D.     jasonmleggettkbcc@gmail.com     jleggett.commons.gc.cuny.edu

Course Materials: Politics of Rights available for $9-30 at Amazon.com, Articles, Assignments, and Video Lectures are on this webpage.

Course Book:Click here

 

 

 

 

 


Learning Outcomes

67 (American Legal System): Students need to be familiar with:

1) The Language of Law, Lawyers, and Courts;

2) The Judicial Processes;

3) The inter-relationship of legal thinking (abduction) and other governmentalities (justice system, legislation, and the social construction of reality.

Common Research Question:-Structural Historical (Foucault) Investigations of Legal Systems: How can social groups apply knowledge from previous generations to use LAW as a tool for justice/equity/change?


Overview and Rules of the Game.

Attendance Verification. We are required to verify attendance of students who are active in the class at the beginning of the semester. Pleae complete this assignment (click here) to verify your attendance. Failure to complete this form may result in you being dropped from the course.

Grading.

This is NOT a read and take a multiple choice kind of class.

This is a critical thinking and civically engaged class. If this is not interesting to you or you do not want to complete rigorous college work you should talk to your advisor and register for a different teacher. While the overwhelming number of students over the last 10 years have expressed appreciation for the structured learning opportunities I design, some have found this class to not be a good match for them. In general, I will work with you to deal with most of the obstacles you encounter; however, I cannot tolerate disrespectful behavior and will immediately forward your information to relevant school officials.

Grading will be based on a number of assignments and will be measured in part on how you develop over the course of the semester.

A. Major Assignments (30 points each; 120 points total);

Your major assignment is centered around a cumulative project that will result in a researh based zine. (what is a Zine, click here). This project will be broken up into four parts and will will build up to your final work which you will share in small peer groups over Zoom. Each part of this project is worth up to 30 points each. The first of these assignments will begin in October and will be due October 22nd. More information will be provided in the course outline (by scrolling down) and through content delivered through Blackboard Annoucements.

B. Secondary Assignments (10 points each: 70 points total)

These assignments will show me how well you are understanding the processes of legal reasoning and the language of law. More information will be provided in the course outline (by scrolling down) and through content delivered through Blackboard Annoucements. The first of these assignments will be begin in the first week of class and you will need to complete three academic article readings as PDF’s (provied below in the Course Outline) and write a three page thought paper – responding to my guided questions – about those readings. That first assignment will be due no later than October 8th. You will email the thought paper to me at jasonmleggettkbcc@gmail.com . Other assignments will be in the form of a video lecture and google form response. Cumulative grades will be posted at set times throughout the semester.

C. Final Exam. (30 points total)

The final exam will be based on applied action research. You will first work in a pair or a small group (your choice) and I will provide both an instruction sheet and a case hypothetical for you to analyze. You will discuss what you have learned in the class all semester with your pair or group and then make a new zine for the case hypo; 2) You will compare your zine to one other zine and complete three short answer responses about what you learned on a google form.

I will be offering Zoom Question and Answer sessions (Q&A) throughout the semester and you can schedule a zoom to check in and ask about your grade with me.

Final Grades will be posted on CUNY FIRST during finals week.


Course Outline

You will need to FIRST review a Youtube Video Overview and then complete the Google Form by clicking here for attendance verification.

PART ONE (Weeks 1-4). September 12th – October 10th.

1.See Lecture Overview ABOVE and  complete diagnostic form Above BEFORE continuing on.

2. Read Blackstone’s Commentaries. Click here for the reading.

3. Review the Judiciary Act. Click here for the reading.

4. Read a Law and Society article about Black Lives Matters. Click here for the reading.

5. Assignment (10): Submit your first thought paper (3 pages) by emailing me at jasonmleggettkbcc@gmail.com no later than October 8th 11:59 PM: You need to cite to the three sources above. Talk about what you understood and write a narrative with these three articles. How did Blackstone influence the Judiciary Act and how is “law” being understood in the Black Lives Matters Movement and the Counter-movement?

6. Zoom Q&A (date and time will be provided at a later date)

Grades will be available on Blackboard by October 20th.

PART TWO (Weeks 5-9). October 11th – November 14th: Purpose of a Legal System?

1. Why have courts? Read: Scheingold, The Politics of Rights Chapter 12: The Political Relevance of Legal Rights.

2. Courts as Conflict Resolution. Legal Reasoning. A Video Lecture will be available at a later date.

3. ASSIGNMENT (30) Zine Brainstorm due by October 15th: You will review a Youtube Video Overview below and then complete the Google Form by clicking here at a later date.

4. Group Zoom Brainstorm Sessions: Dates to be announced at a later date.

5. Assignment (10): Language Part 1 – Vocabulary. See this Video Lecture by clicking here. Complete the Google Form by clicking here at a later date.

6. Assignment (10): Language Part 2 – Usage. See this Video Lecture by clicking here. Complete the Google Form by clicking here at a later date.

7. Assignment (10): Language Part 3 – Grammar and Context. See this Video Lecture by clicking here. Complete the Google Form by clicking here at a later date.

8. Assignment (10): Abduction Applied. Complete this assignment by clicking here at a later date.

Next, You need to coordinate your work in a Pair or Group Zoom. Please click here to complete the Group Preference Form by October 20th. I will then reach out to you and check in from time to time to see how your group work is going.

Your group or pair will create one “Meta-Table” from each of the students in the group. You should decide what things to include and how it should look. Creativity is strongly encouraged. Talk to each other about your style of Learning and about about ways of being involved in the world around you. Finally, complete the google form by clicking here (availabe in October) which will ask you to create “classes” of learning styles as it relates to the zine final assignment. This will also ask you to answer questions about neural networks v. pit pathologies; These questions are optional and not part of your grade.

9. Zine Brainstorm Peer Assignment (30): Construct a table comparing and contrasting your Zine Narratives. This can be done by drawing or using a spreadsheet application. Each student needs to complete this assignment and email it to me at jasonmleggettkbcc@gmail.com by November 10th ; In your email to me and please write the following in the subject line: “Pol 67 zine table” and your last name.

ZOOM DISCUSSION: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS date and time available at a later date.

PART THREE (Weeks 10 – End) November 15th – End of Semester.  Courts Among Departments, Governmentalities, and Society.

Cumulative Grades Available on Blackboard by November 17th.

2. Assignment 1 (10): A Processes View. See this Video Lecture by clicking here. Complete the Google Form by clicking here.

3. Assignment 2 (10): A Systems View. See this Video Lecture by clicking here. Complete the Google Form by clicking here.

Extra Credit Assignment/Honors Enrichment: An Actor Network View. See this Video Lecture by clicking here. Complete the Google Form by clicking here.

Extra Credit Assignment/Honors Enrichment: Global Challenges Applied.: An Actor Network View. See this Video Lecture by clicking here. Complete the Google Form by clicking here.

4. Applied Action Research. Click here for your PEER GROUP INSTRUCTION SHEET and CASE HYPO.

ZOOM DISCUSSION: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

5. MAJOR ASSIGNMENT Part 3 (30): Present and Share your Final Zine with your narrative, the narrative of an interview of ordinary folk, and your new hypothesis. Reflect on ways of knowing: what you learned, what we learned, what they learned.

Extra Credit/Honors Enrichment: Write an Academic Review of the book Politics of Rights by comparing and contrasting the assigned chapter and a chapter of a choosing. Additional credit will be given to students who compare this book to another book. Your extra credit will be determined using this rubric: click here. If you are interested in completing this assignment please complete the google form by clicking here between November 20 and the Final Exam.

Final Exam: You will complete two parts: 1) Use your learning to make a Zine for the Case Hypo; 2) Compare your Zine to one other Zine from your group and complete three short answer responses about what you learned.

Final Grades will be available on CunyFirst by .