Federalism Seminar

SLN #: 12905
Course Prefix: LAW-691
Course Section: 001
Credit Hours: 2
Instructor(s): Weinstein-Tull

Course Description:
In today’s increasingly fragmented and also increasingly interconnected world, conflicts between governments take on new meaning. States and local governments can resist federal laws or they can strengthen them. Interactions between the federal government, state governments, and local governments shape policies like immigration law and sanctuary cities, same-sex marriage, voting rights, environmental law, and criminal justice.

Federalism provides the legal and cultural frameworks for these debates. This class will explore federalism’s foundations, its law, and its application to contemporary problems and politics. We will examine the interplay between the structure of federalism and individual rights. And we will assess federalism’s evolving—but also foundational—role in debates over race and inequality.

Additional Information:
Credit Hours: 2
Grading Option: Letter Grade Only
Written Assignment: Yes
Graduation Writing Requirement: Yes*
Flexible Writing Requirement: Yes*
Skills Requirement: No
Note: Only one of the above listed requirements can be fulfilled with this course.
Experiential Learning: No
Prerequisite: Constitutional Law I or equivalent
Special Withdrawal Course: No
Limited Enrollment Number: 16
Final Exam Given: No
Mid Term Or Other Exam: No
Paper Or In-Class Presentation: Yes
Participation Points: 30% of the grade
Attendance Policy: Per Statement Of Student Policies

* The law school has a policy that Is used To calculate credit hours. Please see the Statement of Student Policies.