The New Supreme Court

Schools of Public Engagement: Social Sciences

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

The New Supreme Court

Spring 2020

Taught By: Erica Eisinger

Section: A

CRN: 5208

Credits: 3

What is the role of the U.S. Supreme Court in our democracy? As the U.S. Supreme Court begins its 2018-19 term with its newest justice, we consider issues currently pending before or likely to reach the Court. Can the President profit from foreign governments who do business with the Trump International Hotel? Can an individual who is pardoned for committing a federal crime be retried for a state crime without violating the double jeopardy clause? May a state ban all medical abortions? Does the 8th amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment prohibit imposing the death penalty on a person who suffers from dementia and cannot recall the crime that sent him to death row? Does the 1st amendment’s protection for religious freedom allow a printer to refuse to make invitations for a same-sex marriage? Does the U.S. Constitution bar partisan gerrymandering? Does federal employment discrimination law protect gay and transgender people? We consider how these issues implicate basic structures of the U.S legal system, such as separation of powers and federalism. We explore Supreme Court precedents and the legal and political reasoning and philosophies underlying individual justice’s decisions.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Social Sciences (NSOS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 22

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:45pm 7/20/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/21/2020 - 5/5/2020