LAWS290 Administrative and Municipal Law (Experimental)

Department of Business Studies: Paralegal/Law

I. Course Number and Title
LAWS290 Administrative and Municipal Law (Experimental)
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
LAWS100 or LAWS110
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
Introduction to the laws involving administration of government by various departments, agencies, boards, and commissions that implement and enforce government law and policy, including the laws and procedures affecting the administrative decision-making processes on a local, state, and federal government level.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will be able to:

    1. understand the scope and application of administrative law;
    2. describe the constitutional and statutory legal basis of administrative law and administration agencies on local, state, and federal level of government;
    3. describe and analyze the rules, procedures, and practices of government departments, agencies, boards, and commissions for making rules, conducting hearings, and making decisions;
    4. describe and analyze the scope of authority and jurisdiction for various governmental departments, agencies, boards, and commissions;
    5. analyze the administrative, quasi-legislative, and quasi-judicial functions of administrative departments;
    6. analyze the role of a legislative body, courts, statutory limits on governmental immunity, and the constitution in limiting the exercise of power and authority by state, federal, and local government departments, agencies, boards, and commissions;
    7. analyze the procedures to be followed pursuant to specific statutes:
      1. Worker's Compensation Act for Commonwealth of Pennsylvania;
      2. Public Utility Commission; Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs; and
      3. Securities Commission; and the Human Relations Commission.
    8. analyze the procedures to be followed with regard to the U.S. Social Security Administration (claims and appeals); various environmental protection statutes; acts involving wages and benefits; various labor protection acts; acts that prohibit discrimination, viz., Equal Pay Act, Age Discrimination Employment Act, Civil Rights Act, Title VIII;
    9. analyze the procedures to be followed with regard to local zoning, licensing, and building codes.
    10. describe statutes that protect the public from the government including:
      1. Freedom of Information Acts;
      2. Sunshine Laws (including municipal sunshine laws); and
      3. Privacy.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. Introduction to administrative law -- its sources and administrative agencies
    2. Delegation of authority
    3. Federal administrative agencies -- statutes
    4. Federal agencies adjudication procedures
    5. Adjudications -- informal and formal
    6. State and local administrative agencies -- statutes
    7. State agencies adjudication procedures
    8. Adjudications -- informal and formal
    9. Local government -- statues
    10. Local government adjudication procedures
    11. Adjudication -- informal and formal
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    • See course syllabus for required textbook and other supplements.
    • Selected readings from periodicals and newspapers.

Review/Approval Date - Unavailable; New Core 8/2015