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Title: The Courts and Democracy
Course Section Number: PPE-235-01
Department: Philosophy, Politics, Economic
Description: President Trump and his supporters filed over 80 lawsuits seeking to set aside the 2020 election. Why did they do that? Why do people increasingly turn to the courts to resolve political disputes, especially elections? Are unelected judges qualified to supervise elections? Or should we trust those who must win elections to supervise them? Can courts help resolve the issues that have made some Americans distrust election results? Should courts set aside efforts by both political parties to draw election districts to gain more seats than they could win without such manipulation? Are laws that require photo id, that make it a crime to give food and water to those waiting in line to vote, or that strictly limit who can gather up absentee ballots intended to discriminate against minority and poor voters? Do they have that effect? Or are these laws necessary to prevent voter fraud? May we limit how much corporations and wealthy individuals contribute to campaigns, or would that violate First Amendment freedom of speech? In this course we will debate whether courts or elected officials should answer these types of questions. And we will explore how that debate has helped shape the last sixty years of American history.
Credits: 1.00
Start Date: January 17, 2022
End Date: May 7, 2022
Meeting Information: 01/18/2022-05/05/2022 Lecture Tuesday, Thursday 09:45AM - 11:00AM, Baxter Hall, Room 212
Faculty: Himsel, Scott

Course Status & Cross-Listings

Cross-list Group Capacity: 20
Cross-list Group Student Count: 20
Calculated Course Status: CLOSED
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