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Spring 2016-2017
* WWS 333 / SOC 326 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Law, Institutions and Public Policy

Paul E. Starr

This course will examine how institutions develop, vary in design, and shape public policy. Law will be a primary focus because it is central to the development of institutions in modern societies and provides the formal means for expressing and fixing policy. The course will cover a wide range on institutions-social, economic, and political - not only in an American context but also in comparative prospective.

Sample reading list:
Acemoglu and Robinson, Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity & Poverty
North, Institutions, Institutional Change, & Economic Performance
Horwitz, The Transformation of American Law
Galanter, "Why the Haves Get Ahead"
Issacharoff, Karlan, & Pildes, The Law of Democracy
Starr, The Social Transformation of American Medicine (2017 ed)
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
100-150 pages of reading weekly; 2 short papers (1,200 words), 1 research paper (3,500 words)

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41597 L01 11:00 am - 11:50 am M W   Robertson Hall   016   Enrolled:53 Limit:100
44273 P01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm W   Wallace Hall   333   Enrolled:12 Limit:15
44274 P02 10:00 am - 10:50 am Th   Bendheim Hall   215   Enrolled:11 Limit:15
44275 P03 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm Th   Wallace Hall   333   Enrolled:10 Limit:15
44276 P04 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Th   Wallace Hall   333   Enrolled:10 Limit:15
44277 P05 11:00 am - 11:50 am F   Robertson Hall   010   Enrolled:10 Limit:15
42574 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled