University of Miami School of Law Course Description - Online System
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Spring 2017

Course Description
Enacted in 1966, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a federal law that establishes the public's right to obtain information from federal government agencies. The FOIA is an amendment to the Administrative Procedure Act, and allows that "any person" can file a FOIA request, including U.S. citizens, foreign nationals, organizations, associations, and universities. The FOIA has played a central role in citizen capacity to know about the actions and decisions of the national government. This short course will serve as an introduction to the FOIA as understood within the broader context of the control of administrative governance and decision making through transparency. We will address the politics of government transparency that gave rise to the statute, pivotal jurisprudence regarding the FOIA, the interaction between national security and the FOIA, and civil rights litigation through the FOIA. We will also address broader issues regarding the role of transparency as a basis for ensuring accountability in government decision making. This short course is open to all students, even those who have not taken Administrative Law. Students simultaneously enrolled in Administrative Law will receive one combined grade for the short course and Administrative Law. The method of evaluation is by examination or essay.

Short Course Attendance Policy
Due to the small number of meetings, attendance to all meetings/classes for short courses is mandatory. Students who miss more than one class session (80 minute) of a 1-credit short course are subject to administrative withdrawal and will have a W for the course on their transcripts.

Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 03-20-2017 - 03-25-2017  

Dates Day Time Room
03-20-2017 - 03-23-2017   MTWR  12:30 PM-1:50 PM F200
03-24-2017 - 03-24-2017   F  2:00 PM-5:00 PM F200
03-25-2017 - 03-25-2017   S  10:00 AM-1:00 PM F200

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 1
Pass/Fail Option: No
Method of Evaluation: Paper
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course: None
Special Attributes:
New Course
Short Course
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None

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Phone: (305)284-2376
Office: G271