OSHR 1029 - The Supreme Court: Current Trends and Issues in The Roberts’ Court

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

As Congress and political parties have become increasingly polarized and dysfunctional, the Supreme Court has played a correspondingly more important role in the resolution of issues central to American public life. Both presidential candidates have avoided focusing on the Court in the 2012 election campaign, but as Jeffrey Toobin reminds us in his new book, The Oath, "The only thing that is certain about January 20, 2013, is that John Roberts will be there to administer the oath of office."

Utilizing oral arguments and decisions from the upcoming term we will evaluate Jeffrey Toobin’s analysis of the Roberts’ Court and its impact on public life. Participants are encouraged to read The Oath and to follow current Supreme Court decisions and commentary in the news media.

Note: Although this course will complement the Osher Fall course on the Supreme Court, participation in the Fall 2012 course is not a prerequisite.

Reading: Toobin, Jeffrey. The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.