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Spring 2020
LAW237  A  LAW AND POLITICAL ECONOMY

Course Description
The course uses interdisciplinary materials drawn from political philosophy, political economy and post-modern social theory to develop a critical analysis of the ways in which distinctions between "economics" and "politics" are used to resolve legal disputes about the allocation of institutional power among competing groups. Topics will include the political economy of criminal laws and incarceration, recognition of refugees, as well as analysis of the legal regimes regulating minority business set asides, corporate political expenditures, political boycotts, corporate social responsibility and investor activism, community reinvestment and community activism, comparable worth and community/worker control of pension fund capital. The goal is for students to develop a variety of conceptual resources with which to analyze the relationship between the interpretative strategies used in legal reasoning, the institutional arrangements constructed through legal doctrine and the structure of economic stratification and political de/mobilization.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-13-2020 - 04-21-2020   TR  11:00 AM-12:20 PM A110

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 3
Pass/Fail Option: Yes
Prerequisite:
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Final grades will be based on class attendance, participation and a final paper. Students who wish to use the course to satisfy the law school’s upper writing requirement should consult with the professor within the first two weeks of class. **Students can not use P/F option if they are doing the writing requirement.**
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
General
Writing Requirement
Special Attributes: None
Course Delivery:

Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s):
Social Justice & Public Interest (Area of Focus)   More information
Social Justice & Public Interest (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
No     
First Class Assignment(s):
  • Assignment: The assignment for Tuesday, Jan 14, is to attend class. We will discuss In-Class Procedures and Working Groups The assignment for Thursday, Jan 16, is to read Week 1 materials: (1) Wolfgang Streeck, The Crisis in the context of democratic capitalism and its contradictions. (2) A. Sivanandan, All the melts into air is solid: the hokum of New Times.

    Material:
    Syllabus and course packet/materials are available at the Copy Center.
      

 
Professor(s)

IGLESIAS, ELIZABETH


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: iglesias@law.miami.edu
Phone: (305)284-4050
Office: G269