Supreme Court Controversies
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NPOL 3635
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Can the U.S. Congress limit what corporations or labor unions spend to influence congressional and presidential elections? Can the U.S. Supreme Court stop a state's recount of the votes in a presidential election? Can the U.S. attorney general limit a doctor's right to prescribe a medicine that is sometimes prescribed to assist a suicide in a state where assisted suicide is legal? Can a police officer search a home without a warrant if one of the occupants gives permission but another denies it? Can the government withhold all federal funding from a school that refuses to permit the military to recruit on campus because of its policy on homosexuality? We consider these issues, examining recent Supreme Court cases and the legal and political reasoning underlying individual justices' decisions.