Fall 2017 Course Schedule

Legislative Process & Political Rhetoric (LAW-821B-001)
Bettina Poirier

Meets: 09:00 AM - 10:50 AM (W) - Capital - Room C217

Enrolled: 8 / Limit: 22

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This three-unit seminar examines some of the basic structures and processes of the American legal system, with a focus on the evolving tensions and interactions among the three branches of government and the outside influences affecting them, including the media (traditional and social), public opinion polling, advocacy groups, lobbyists, and think tanks. The class will explore the nexus between politics and the law, with a focus on the policies that result from this complex interaction. We will examine contemporary issues of great importance to the country and see how the effort to legislate in response to social and legal questions often results in unintended consequences that invite further legislation and reform.

The class places great value on each student’s written and oral communications, engagement, and sophistication of analysis. The recent campaigns and elections will be a critical component of this class. We will also benefit from guest speakers drawn from a diverse group of professionals in the Washington policy and media community.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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First Class Readings

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