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254.51 sec. 001 - Insurance, Regulation, and Inequality (Spring 2022)

Instructor: Shauhin A Talesh  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


Th 6:25 PM - 8:45 PM
Location: Law 130
From January 20, 2022
To January 27, 2022

F 10:00 AM - 12:10 PM
Location: Law 130
From January 21, 2022
To January 28, 2022

F 3:10 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Law 130
From January 21, 2022
To January 28, 2022

Course Start: January 20, 2022
Course End: February 28, 2022
Class Number: 32790
This course is open to 1Ls.

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 21
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 25
As of: 07/19 11:58 AM

Insurance ideas and practices define the central privileges and responsibilities within a society. This course will introduce the core principles and institutions of insurance, with a particular emphasis on insurance regulation. Insurance regulation refers to the manner through which the government oversees the insurance market to ensure fairness and professionalism among those working for the insurance industry, to prevent the market from collapsing, and to democratize insurance. The course is structured in two distinct parts.

Part I focuses on how the government and adjacent regulatory institutions attempt to regulate the insurance industry.
Part II turns the tables and focuses on how the insurance industry regulates many aspects of society as a form of private governance.
Part I of the course will operate like a doctrinal course while
Part II operates as a seminar as students read deeply in particular areas.

Some areas we will explore include how insurers, through cyber insurance, attempt to regulate the cybersecurity behavior of organizations, how insurers mediate the way employers understand anti-discrimination law through employment practice liability insurance, how private insurers regulate public police. Throughout the entire course, we will pay particular attention to the conditions under which insurance institutions facilitate and inhibit inequality in society. Students will gain an understanding of the rules and structures that regulate insurance institutions, but also how insurance companies regulate so many aspects of society and the impact these forces have on social and economic inequality.

The course meets on these dates:
Thursday, January 20th 6:25PM-8:45PM
Friday, January 21st 10AM-12:10PM AND 3:10PM-5PM
Thursday, January 27th 6:25PM-8:45PM
Friday, January 28th 10AM-12:10PM AND 3:10PM-5PM

Shauhin Talesh is Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. He also holds appointments in Criminology, Law & Society and Sociology and also Directs UCI's Law and Graduate Studies Program. Professor Talesh is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work spans law, sociology, and political science. His research interests include the empirical study of law and business organizations, dispute resolution, consumer protection, insurance, and the relationship between law and social inequality. Professor Talesh’s most recent empirical studies examine how cyber insurance and employment practice liability insurance operate and in particular, how insurance institutions shape the meaning of law and compliance. Professor Talesh’s scholarship has appeared in multiple law and peer-reviewed social science journals including Law and Society Review and has won multiple awards in Sociology, Political Science and Law & Society.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
Exam Length: 2 hours
Course Category: Business Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Public Law and Policy
Social Justice and Public Interest

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Required Books are in blue

  • Insurance Law and Policy: Cases and Materials
    Tom Baker, Kyle D. Logue, Carolyn V. Williams
    Edition: 5th ed., 2021
    Publisher: Aspen Publishers/Wolters Kluwer
    ISBN: 9781543819755
    e-Book Available: Yes
    e-Book procurement note:
    Price: $298.00
    Price Source: user provided

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