POLS 120


Law and Society



In the United States, government policy generally is not neutral, but rather it is biased toward the elite in our society. American history is replete with examples of how the well educated and well financed systematically gain political and economic influence and use politics to their advantage, often to the detriment of the broad public interest and specifically to the detriment of the poorer, less educated constituencies in American life. This course examines the interrelationship between politics, democracy and captialism through a lens that focuses our concern on how this bias was created, how it is perpetuated and finally, what citizens can do to make government and captialism more sensitive to the public interest in general and to discriminated groups in particular.


Upper division standing or instructor consent




Normal Grading Rules