Regulation of the Political Process

Section 1SP, Fall 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 86/86
Credits: 3

Course Description

Democracy in theory may be the province of philosophers, but democracy in action belongs to lawyers. A web of constitutional, statutory, and administrative laws structure every aspect of the American political process. This course surveys these laws and the theories that animate them. Major topics include the right to vote and restrictions thereon, such as literacy, residency, and voter ID requirements; representation, which involves the number of people in legislative districts and the factors, including race and partisanship, that determine district boundaries; election administration, which encompasses voting technology and vote counting (think Bush v. Gore); and campaign finance, which involves the raising and spending of money in elections.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): Flex
Description: Flex exam at end of semester.
Final Exam Notes:

Flex exam at end of semester.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: Law of Politics (7110)
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

General Information

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
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