|Term: Spring Term 2012-13 (2134)|
|Catalog Number: 5877|
|Class Number: 27784|
|Instructor: Elena A. Baylis|
|Credits: 3.0 Credits (2.0 classroom contact, 1.0 field)|
|Catalog Requirements: Upper-Level Writing, "W" Writing.|
Enrollment Limit: 20.
|Priority: Seminar - 3rd Year Priority|
Subject to the availability of the relevant experts, during the 2012-2013 academic year the seminar will focus on case studies of U.S. policy and law-making concerning (1) climate change (international treaty negotiations, EPA regulations and the surrounding lobbying, lawsuits and legislative activity); (2) healthcare (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, HHS/FDA Plan B contraception policies); and (3) promoting international rule of law and legal development in transitioning countries (State, Defense and USAID’s policies and programs in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere).
This seminar will be taught primarily from the University of Pittsburgh’s Washington Center in Washington, DC, which is connected via video-link to the law school in Pittsburgh. Students may participate either from Pittsburgh via videoconference or from Washington while participating in the Semester in DC Program.
Grades will be based 50% upon a final seminar paper of 15 pages or more, 25% upon weekly reaction papers, and 25% upon participation in on-line and in-class discussion.