POLC39H3 Comparative Legal Systems

This course explores some of the key aspects and issues of public law in modern, democratic systems of government from a comparative perspective. It does this by reviewing and applying theory and empirical analysis to a number of cases to explore five key issues: the institutional separation of power, the structure of the judiciary, the mechanisms (or lack thereof) to distribute power and resources between groups/territories, the mechanisms (or lack thereof) to protect individual and group rights, and how/if the constitutional order can be changed/amended. Cases considered will include: Canada, UK, Spain, Germany, Australia, America, India and South Africa.
Area of Focus: Comparative Politics

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Social & Behavioural Sciences