Schedule and Assignments


Week 1.

Th. 1/24 Introduction

 

Week 2.

Tu. 1/29 Supreme Court Policy Making

Segal and Spaeth, chapter 1

Th. 1/31 Intro to SPSS

SPSS chs. 1, 2.

 

Week 3. 

Tu. 2/5 Models of Decision Making

Segal and Spaeth, ch. 2; Epstein and Knight, chs. 1, 2.

Th. 2/7 Descriptive Statistics

SPSS chs. 3 -5

 

Week 4

Tu. 2/12 The Supreme Court in American History

Segal and Spaeth, chapter 3

Th. 2/14 Crosstabs

SPSS chs. 7 and 16

 

Week 5.

Tu. 2/19 Staffing the Court

Segal and Spaeth, chapter 4;

Th. 2/21 Plotting Data

SPSS Appendix A and ch. 8

 

Week 6.

Tu. 2/26 Which Cases for Decision

Segal and Spaeth, chapter 5; Epstein and Knight, pp. 56-65,  79-88, 112-125

Th. 2/29  Variable Transformations; Hypothesis Testing (review); 

SPSS Appendix B

SPSS chs. 9 and 10 (hypothesis testing)

 

Week 7.

Tu. 3/5 Midterm

Th. 3/7  t-tests

SPSS ch. 13

 

Week 8

Tu  3/12 The Decision on the Merits: The Attitudinal Model

Segal and Spaeth chapter 6

Th. 3/14 Correlation and Regression

SPSS ch. 19 pp. 373-392; ch. 20 pp. 407-414, 419-421.

 

Week 9

Tu. 3/19  The Decision on the Merits: The Legal Model

Kahn, Institutional Norms and Supreme Court Decision Making; Segal and Spaeth, The Influence of Stare Decisis; Brisbin, Slaying the Dragon; Knight and Epstein, the Norm of Stare Decisis; Brenner and Stier, Retesting Segal and Spaeth; Songer and Lindquist, Not the Whole Story; and Segal and Spaeth, Norms, Dragons and Stare Decisis (all in course pack)

Th. 3/21  SPSS Multivariate Regression

SPSS ch. 22 pp. 455-469.

 

Week 10

Tu. 4/2  Strategic Models

            Epstein and Knight pp. 88-95, 138-157; Segal, Supreme Court Deference (in course pack)

Th. 4/4 Logistic Regression

Segal and Spaeth,  Appendix

 

Week 11

Tu.  4/9 Judicial Restraint

Segal and Spaeth, chapter 8;

Th. 4/11 Supreme Court Data Base

 

Week 12

Tu.  4/16  Opinion Assignment and Opinion Coalitions

Segal and Spaeth, chapter 7.  Epstein and Knight pp. 65-79, 95-107, 125-135

Th.  4/18  Computer Practicum

 

Week 13

Tu. 4/23 Impact

Segal and Spaeth, ch. 9

            Th. 4/25  Research

 

Week 14

Tu.  4/25 Bush v. Gore

The Votes that Counted

Th.  4/27 Research, cont’d

 

Week 15

            Tu. 5/4 Term Papers Due

                Presentation of term papers.

 

Final Exam:  Thursday May 11, 8:30 a.m.