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220C sec. 1 - Contemporary Issues in Constitutional Law (Spring 2011)
Instructor: Goodwin Liu (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Meeting Time: W 10:00-12:40
Meeting Location: 136
Course Start: January 12, 2011
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49519
This is an advanced constitutional law seminar for students who have already taken the introductory Constitutional Law course. The seminar will provide an opportunity for in-depth discussion of competing theories of constitutional interpretation, the role of the Supreme Court in our political system, and analysis of judicial behavior. Each week, these themes will be examined through the lens of a current "hot topic" in constitutional law--for example, the Second Amendment, the death penalty, the war on terrorism, campaign finance, the commerce power, same-sex marriage, etc. This is not a "spectator" class; all students will be expected to participate actively in class discussion each week. Paper required; students may also fulfill the Writing Requirement through this course. This is a good seminar for students interested in clerking or pursuing academia.
This course may satisfy the Writing Requirement.
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