Students will explore how a government bureaucracy works and the role of administrative agencies as regulators, licensors, and distributors of entitlements. We will focus not only on federal agencies, but also issues that arise for state and local governments through case studies and problems. We will also study the relationship of administrative agencies to other branches of government. Over the course of the semester, each student will participate in a small group exercise and make a presentation.
There are four major goals of the course:
1) Teach students basic legal principles in administrative process and help them understand why these principles are important;
2) Help students interpret and apply these principles in different situations by examining case studies;
3) Engage students to understand when to apply these principles to solve practical problems; and
4) Expose students to technology-based learning by using the Internet and on-line research.
Students will break down into groups of up to 10 to discuss, negotiate and present their findings on issues presented in case studies. Groups will be selected on the first day of class.
SYLLABUS CLASS LIST
GROUP ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE CPS WORKSHEET †
Module 1: The Politics of Government
B. Role and Function of Government
Module 2:Copyright Piracy
A. Copyright Piracy
Module 3: Reconciling State and Local Authority
A. Zoning of Antenna Towers
B. Not in My Back Yard
Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs-Jones
3. DREAM Act flyer: