Title: Law and Politics (790:106:E1)

Instructor: Yvonne Wollenberg

Email:  wollen@rci.rutgers.edu

Dates, Times, Location: Session II (06/27/11-08/04/11); TTh 6-9:40pm; RAB 207 D/C

Office Hours: TBD

Synopsis: This class is designed to introduce students to the study of law and courts as integral parts of the political process.  Four main areas will animate our discussions: 1) understanding legal rules and legal reasoning 2) understanding the federal courts and public policymaking 3) the problem of counter-majoritarian decision-making (i.e., the Supreme Court) in a democratic society and 4) does it really matter what the Supreme Court does anyway? The course requires reading, writing and two in-class exams.