OSHR 1044 - The Roberts Court: A Unique Case?

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Where Congress and the Presidency fear to engage, or otherwise fail to tread, the Roberts Court is often happy to step in. Consequently, the Judicial Branch is increasingly displacing the Executive and Legislative branches in shaping the direction of American political, social, and economic development. We will examine this trend utilizing cases and issues from the Court's 2014 Term and the upcoming 2015 Term.

We will also explore the unique blend of personal values and law that individual justices employ to arrive at Supreme Court decisions. In hot button cases, the argument "The law made me do it" is more often a rationale than an accurate explanation of the driving forces behind the decision. And if the prior statement is correct, it raises an important issue: If law does not drive Supreme Court decisions, what is the basis of the Court's legitimacy?

Readings: Current news and magazine articles on the Court and Court decisions.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.