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Kathleen Winters

Assistant Professor
Degree
PhD from Ohio State, 2011
Office
JRC 406
Phone
651-962-5724
Mail
JRC 432
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Kathleen joined the department Fall 2013.  Originally hailing from a small town in southeastern Pennsylvania, Dr. Winters serves as the faculty advisor for the Pre-Law Society and Mock Trial Team, as well as the Director of the Legal Studies Minor.  Dr. Winters earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from The Ohio State University in 2011 with a primary research focus on Supreme Court decision-making, a background that will serve her well as she prepares to teach the Senior Seminar on that topic in Spring 2014 (POLS 414).    

Spring 2017 Courses

Spring 2017 Courses
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POLS 314 - 01 Constit Rights & Liberties - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 MHC 203
CRN: 22246 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kathleen H. Winters This course examines individual freedoms protected in the U.S. Constitution through the lens of Supreme Court precedent. While many political hot button issues are discussed throughout the semester, understanding and analysis of the varying interpretations of the Constitution and Supreme Court precedents are emphasized. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of the instructor. Junior or senior standing strongly recommended.

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POLS 414 - D01 Seminar in Judicial Politics - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 SCB 112
CRN: 22249 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kathleen H. Winters Have you ever wondered how the Supreme Court reaches the conclusions that it does? Or whether the media’s reporting of the Supreme Court’s decision-making process is accurate? By the end of this course, students will have a strong foundation in the scholarly literature and research relating to Supreme Court decision-making, beginning with why the Court accepts the cases that it does and ending with the public’s reaction to Court decisions. This course utilizes a semester-long role-playing simulation of the Supreme Court (and its justices) to dig into the practicalities of the entire decision-making process, as well as to provide for hands-on experience in considering how the results of the scholarly research play out “in the real world.” The course culminates with students completing an original research project on some aspect of the Court’s decision-making process, though it will be written in various stages throughout the semester, which is why the course is designated “Writing in the Discipline.” As this course is a capstone for Political Science majors, it is strongly recommended that students have taken either POLS 313 or POLS 314 prior to enrolling in POLS 414. Please email Dr. Winters with any questions.

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Summer 2017 Courses

Summer 2017 Courses
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Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
POLS 104 - W03 Amer Govt in Comp Perspec M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 JRC 246
CRN: 42702 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kathleen H. Winters An introduction to the concepts basic to an understanding of politics and government with an emphasis on the political systems of the United States. A comparative examination of political processes, decision making institutions and policy issues relevant to the contemporary world. An introduction to basic research methods used in the discipline. This course fulfills the Social Analysis requirement in the core curriculum.

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POLS 104 - W41 Honr:Amer Govt in Comp Perspec M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 MHC 202
CRN: 42701 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kathleen H. Winters An introduction to the concepts basic to an understanding of politics and government with an emphasis on the political systems of the United States. A comparative examination of political processes, decision making institutions and policy issues relevant to the contemporary world. An introduction to basic research methods used in the discipline. This course fulfills the Social Analysis requirement in the core curriculum.

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POLS 312 - L01 Judicial Process M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 JRC 246
CRN: 42703 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kathleen H. Winters This course delves into both criminal and civil judicial process, and also considers the politics of law and justice. Concepts relating to achieving legal justice are emphasized throughout this course. Additionally, many different players in the process, such as lawyers, judges, juries, and witnesses, and their influence on a case’s outcome, are considered. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of the instructor.

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