May 18, 2024  
College Catalog 2024-2025 
    
College Catalog 2024-2025

POLI 212 - Litigation and Public Policy in the U.S.


This course explores the significance, possibilities and limits of litigation as a way of shaping public policy and society. Focusing mainly in the American context, the course connects two areas of interest: the use of litigation as a strategy for rights movements (from the NAACP to contemporary movements such as gay rights) and the use of class action lawsuits and tort law to compensate people for injuries, especially in matters affecting public health (e.g. asbestos, tobacco). The course gives special emphasis to the work of lawyers and the role of the legal profession. Alternate years. (4 Credits)