Course Description for Soul of the Court

POS3615: Soul of the Court
This course is designed to introduce the student to the varying judicial philosophies currently in conflict in contemporary American society, with an emphasis on the battle for control of the philosophical composition of the current United States Supreme Court. A major portion of the course will detail the nomination and confirmation battle over Robert Bork to the Supreme Court. The course will then update the continuing saga of the political process at work in attempting to shape the future of the Supreme Court. The course will then delve into the battle over the confirmation of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court. The resulting philosophical struggles within the Court will be detailed as those struggles determine the current direction of the Court with respect to contemporary legal issues.