Law of the Political Process

Course Information

Course Number
L6474
Curriculum Level
Upperclass
Areas of Study
Constitutional Law
Type
Lecture
Additional Attributes
Hybrid Course

Section 001 Information

Instructors

Section Description

This course examines the constitutional and statutory framework that governs the American electoral process. Specific topics include: the right to vote; legislative apportionment, including the role of population, race, and partisanship in districting; access to the ballot and the regulation of political parties; and campaign finance regulation. We will examine the relevant constitutional law, primarily under the First, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments, as well as key statutes, such as the Voting Rights Act, the Federal Election Campaign Act, and the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act.

School Year & Semester
Fall 2020
Location
JGH 101
Schedule
Class meets on
  • Monday
  • Wednesday
11:00 - 12:20 pm
Points
3
Method of Evaluation
Exam
J.D Writing Credit?
No

Learning Outcomes

Primary
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in a specific body of law, including major policy concerns
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in doctrinal analysis, including close reading of cases and precedents, and application to facts
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in statutory and regulatory analysis, including close reading of statutes and regulations, and application to facts
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in judicial, legislative and/or administrative processes
  • At the end of the course, students will have acquired understanding of and/or facility in the influences of political institutions in law

Course Limitations

Instructor Pre-requisites
None
Instructor Co-Requisites
None
Recommended Courses
None
Other Limitations
None