This course is an introduction to American Constitutional Law. Topics include the role of the judiciary and other institutions that interpret the Constitution, theories of constitutional interpretation, the practice and meaning of judicial review in a political democracy, structural and individual rights approaches to constitutional limitations on government authority, equal protection, and the public-private distinction in constitutional law.
This course introduces some of the central issues in the law governing the political process. Topics include the development and nature of the right to vote in the U.S. Constitution, the relationship between majority rule and minority representation, the constitutional rights and limitations on political parties, and regulations governing fundraising and spending by candidates for public office.
This course is part of the core curriculum for the MPA degree. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the fundamentals of public policymaking in the United States and to provide instruction and practice in oral and written communication skills.
This course focuses on election administration in the United States. It covers the impact of federalism on electoral institutions and processes; the evolution of institutions, norms, and processes; rules governing the participation of candidates, political parties, and voters; factors that affect voter turnout; early in-person voting, permissive absentee voting, vote-by-mail ballots, and other convenience voting methods; innovations in voting technologies and ballots; claims of voter suppression, voter fraud, recounts, and the and other challenges to the conduct of elections; and the impact of election administration on campaign strategy. Finally, the course assesses prospects for election reform.
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This upper-division legal studies course applies microeconomic theory analysis to legal rules and procedures. Emphasis is given to the economic consequences of various sorts of liability rules, remedies for breach of contract and the allocation of property rights. We also discuss the jurisprudential significance of the economic analysis of these laws. Together, Law and Economics I and II provide a comprehensive introduction to the economic analysis of law.
This upper-division legal studies course applies microeconomic theory to public law and the state. Topics include constitutional law, administrative law, and environmental law. To illustrate, we study how legislators behave who try to maximize the votes that they receive. Similarly, we study how regulatory agencies behave who try to maximize their own budgets. We explore the efficiency of alternative forms of regulating industries to protect the environment.
This upper-division political science course examines how the American legal system deals with selected social problems, e.g., adjudicating criminal cases, controlling physical hazards that stem from industrial technology, compensating accident victims, and regulating the struggle for economic power and equality. Readings and lectures indicate how the American legal system's approach to these problems differs from that of other nations. Grades will reflect a midterm examination, a final examination, a research paper (20-25 pages, based on field research concerning an actual legal dispute), and participation in discussion in class and in weekly sections.