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BUS-411-90, Top: Supreme Justice-Set Bus Pol (WN13)

INSTRUCTOR: Megan C. Farrell

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: Hybrid class; Required meeting – Tuesday, January 8 6:00PM-8:45PM

Optional visit to US Supreme Court – Tuesday, January 15 9:00AM-11:30AM

All other meetings are online

CONTENT:

Students will examine how the Supreme Court sets policy and precedent for business, nonprofits, and government entities. The class will review the history of the United States Supreme Court, key decisions of the Court, the confirmation process for Justices, and the upcoming cases on the Court’s docket for 2013.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

1. Trace the evolution of history of Supreme Court

2. Describe and assess the impact of key Supreme Court decisions

3. Identify and analyze the interactions between justice ideology and political climate on success or failure of confirmation process

4. Compare prior court decisions with current Court docket

METHODS:

1. Lecture

2. Group Work

3. Text readings and additional articles

4. Visit to United States Supreme Court

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS: 

Undergraduate

Assignment                Weight                        Schedule

Quiz                       25%                       Week 1

Article Review           25%                       Week 2

Paper                      30%                       Week 3

Reflection                10%                       Week 4

Participation             10%

REQUIRED TEXT(S) OR MATERIALS: 

-Essential Supreme Court Decisions – Vile; ISBN-10: 1442203854; ISBN-13: 978-1442203853

-The Nine – Toobin; ISBN-10: 1400096790; ISBN-13: 978-1400096794

-US Supreme Court: A Short Introduction – Greenhouse; ISBN-10: 0199754543; ISBN-13: 978-0199754540

RECOMMENDED READINGS OR MATERIALS: 

READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

Read US Supreme Court: A Short Introduction, Chapters 1-6