Political Science

POLS3845Law and Public Policy3 ch (3C) (W)
Examines the extent to which legal rules (laws, regulations and court decisions) as well as institutions reflect explicit public policy goals. Topics and case studies in three core areas of the law -- property, contracts, and crime -- are used to illustrate and develop two related ideas. First, viewing the law through a public policy lens can lead to a better understanding of how the legal system actually operates. Second, analysis of the law through a public policy lens provides a framework with which to assess and critique current law in order to align it with improved overall social well-being. POLS 3845 is only open to students in their 3rd or 4th year.