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 Court begins the 2019-20 term with two justices appointed by Pres. Trump, how will it resolve issues involving Pres. Trump’s exercise of executive power? How will Chief Justice Roberts exercise his authority to lead the Court? We consider issues currently pending before or likely to reach the Court that 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. Pending issues, or issues likely to reach the Court this term, include, among others: what are the limits on Congress’s power to investigate the Executive Branch and, by extension, impeach the President? Can the President profit from foreign governments who do business with Trump businesses? Does the Constitution protect the right to a healthy environment and environmental justice? Does the Constitution protect individuals to refuse services for same-sex marriage based on their religious beliefs? Does the Constitution bar partisan gerrymandering? Does federal employment discrimination law protect gay and transgender people? Does the Constitution permit Pres. Trump to decide asylum and other immigration issues contrary to Congress or other law? Does the Constitution require unanimous jury verdicts? Does the Constitution prohibit New York’s law restricting the ability to openly carry weapons? Does the Constitution permit Harvard University to discriminate against Asian-Americans to achieve diversity? In sum, our overall question is whether our democracy, and particularly, the institution of the U.S. Supreme Court, survive these challenges.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Social Sciences (NSOS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 22

Add/Drop Deadline: February 3, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 12, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*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: 6:27pm 11/22/2019 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

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