Washington Center

The U.S. Supreme Court

Credits: 
4
Instructor: 
Day and Time: 
Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Quarter Dates: 
January 6 to March 8, 2016
Campus: 
UCDC
Category: 
Core Seminar
Description: 

Gay marriage. The death penalty. Abortion. Health care. Cell phone privacy. The U.S. Supreme Court has heard cases on all of these topics in recent years, and its decisions ultimately touch the lives of all Americans. In this class we will study the Supreme Court's place in the U.S. legal system. Topics we will cover include: how a case gets to the court, the justices, the role of lawyers before the court, the purpose of oral argument, the court building and its symbolism, and media coverage of the court. Readings will range from newspaper and magazine stories to law review articles. At least once during the semester students will attend an oral argument, and cases currently before the court will be used as a reference point for class discussion. This class is geared not only toward anyone who is interested in the law or government service but also toward anyone interested in working on or being informed about the biggest issues of the day.

Note: For all semester students, the final four weeks of this semester (March 14 – April 15) will be spent in a special topics module led by Professor Jennifer Diascro. This module will account for 15% of the core seminar final course grade. Ms. Gresko will remain your instructor of record for the term, responsible for computing and submitting final course grades. The day and time of the module may not be on the same day or at the same time as The U.S. Supreme Court seminar, but will accommodate all student internship and elective schedules. The syllabus for the module can be found at the end of Ms. Gresko’s syllabus (below).  **NO additional registration required.**

Syllabus: 

Course ID: 
UCDC191I01W16