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Policy Practicum: Restoring the American Dream and Its Legal Foundation within a Political Platform*

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PERSP 997D Spring 2014
Credit Only: N Anon Gr: N

The course will examine the legal frameworks embedded in the concept of the American Dream -- the proposition that the next generation will have the opportunity to do better than their parents. Through reading and research assignments and structured class debates, students will examine the process of law creation in the U.S. government, and the legal, legislative and organizational challenges required to achieve public support for an agenda. Select provisions of federal laws – including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), Affordable Care Act, and U.S.A. Patriot Act - will be used to illustrate law making and achieve an understanding of the legislative process.