Law and Social Science (3 credits)

This course introduces the use of social science as a tool for legal analysis and explores the uses of social science in American jurisprudence. These legal applications of social science research include resolving factual disputes (e.g. damages assessments), making or changing law (e.g. First Amendment obscenity law), providing a context or framework for deciding individual cases (e.g. diminished capacity arguments), and planning litigation (e.g. jury selection). The course will touch on many areas of law — for example criminal law, constitutional law and tort law — as each of these substantive legal areas raises important empirical issues that social science research has examined. Prerequisites: None