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Election Law (Spring 2018)

  • Course Number: LAW-615
  • Class Number: 03251
  • Instructor: Franita Tolson

Course Description

In this course, we will discuss the major themes surrounding the legal regulation of elections, politics, and the political process as a whole.  We will cover all of the major Supreme Court cases (and a few important lower court decisions) on the topics of voting rights, reapportionment/redistricting, ballot access, regulation of political parties, and election controversies.  We will also discuss competing political philosophies; alternatives to the two-party system; and the role of the courts, the legislature, and direct democracy in our system.  By the end of the course, the goal is that you will have a basic understanding of the structure, mechanics, and history of the political process in this country, but with an appreciation for the complexities of the right to vote and the difficulties involved in regulating the behavior of political actors.

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 3
  • Grading Options: Numerical Only
  • Schedule: M/W 10:30 am - 11:45 am
  • Room Number: Room 2
  • Exam: In-class exam
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: no
  • Participation: Required and graded