This course considers ways in which the law governing the political process affects and reflects political power relationships. Topics covered will include: campaign finance, the right to vote, election administration, the Voting Rights Act, political parties, ballot propositions and redistricting. No background in politics or political science is required. NOTE: Students wishing to write a 25-page original research paper (to fulfill the upper division writing requirement) in lieu of taking a final examination should sign up for the paper course (LAW 577 Section 2) rather than this section with the final examination. The other requirements for the course (including short assignments and participation) remain the same whether one takes a final examination or writes a paper.
Effective 5/17/13- This course is offered on a graded basis only. Students may not opt for S/U in this course.
Public Law [Primary]