Psychology of Legal Decision-Making (Wilkinson-Ryan/Hoffman)
M 12:50PM - 2:50PM
Silverman Hall 245A
This course has two aims, each corresponding to a section of the course. The focus of the first third of the course is on building a foundation in the methods and contributions of experimental psychology to legal scholarship and policymaking. Our goal in this section of the course is to explore the implications and limitations of experimental research for law. The second aim of the course is to bring insights from psychological research to bear on contemporary political and legal debates. To this end, we will read and discuss both existing scholarship and new research, hosting 4-6 outside speakers to workshop their works-in-progress.
GRADES AND ASSIGNMENTS: Students will write short, 2-3 page response papers before each class, for a grade. Each response paper will offer two discussion questions, and briefly explain why the discussion question is interesting or relevant or difficult. The course grade will be based on class participation and response papers.