Administrative Law – PLST 405

CG • Section • 01/03/2020 to 06/11/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course considers the role of administrative agencies and the legal and public policy impact of agency decisions. In addition to reviewing the purpose and functions of administrative agencies, the student will also consider the role of judicial review of administrative decisions and the constitutional implications. Additional topics studied include investigatory powers, informal and formal adjudications, rule making, delegation of authority, and separation of powers.


PLAW 350 or PLST 350


As the role of government continues to expand, so has the role of the administrative agency. The ever expanding role of government has led to the development of multiple administrative agencies that regulate all aspects of citizen’s lives. This course is designed to introduce the student to the foundational principles upon which administrative law has developed, grown, and holds the three branches of government accountable.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Define key terminology of the administrative law process.
  2. Evaluate administrative agency and judicial rulings.
  3. Apply administrative law principles to various factual situations.
  4. Assess the legality of administrative actions.
  5. Apply Christian worldview principles when assessing administrative agency decisions.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. Assertions in the thread must be supported with at least 2 scholarly resource given in current Bluebook format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words and be supported with at least 1 scholarly resource. (MLO: A, C, E)

Case Briefs (8)

The student will draft a 2–3-page single-spaced synopsis of 8 different cases. The student will briefly explain the facts, issues, holding, and rationale of each assigned case. Each Case Brief must be written in current Bluebook format. (MLO: B, D)

Exams (2)

The student will have a Midterm and Final Exam in this course. Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the module/week in which it is assigned and the preceding modules/weeks. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, and have a 1-hour and 15 minute time limit. Both exams contain 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions. (MLO: A, C)