220.6 sec. 001 - Constitutional Law (Spring 2018)
Instructor: Ian F. Haney-López (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Course End: April 20, 2018
Class Number (1Ls): 40245
Class Number: 40245
Enroll Limit: 60
As of: 07/03 08:08 AM
Covering much of the same material discussed in the other sections, this 4-unit introductory Constitutional Law course nevertheless may differ to some degree in the following ways: First, it foregrounds questions of social hierarchy, politics, and power, as these affect marginal groups and also as these shape society as a whole. Second, it downplays current doctrine (which is, in any event, shifting rapidly) in favor of an emphasis on constitutional rhetoric: primarily the argumentation of constitutional change, though also cultural invocations of constitutional authority. Third, it takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on history, sociology, political science, and critical theory. In short, this aims to be an intellectually ambitious, big-question class (while also maintaining a sense of humor!).
Substantively, the course engages the following topics: judicial review, separation of powers, federalism, equal protection, and substantive due process. It examines how these concepts have been filtered through politics and institutional constraints during transformative eras of American history, such as the Founding, the Civil War, the New Deal, the Civil Rights Movement, and the recent rightward shift in American politics. All of this lays the groundwork for parsing significant contemporary alterations in constitutional law in areas including race, gender, abortion, sexual orientation, health care, and civil rights laws. Pardon and impeachment powers will be covered as relevant.
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Required Books are in blue
- Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking: Cases and Materials 6th Edition
Brest, Levinson, Balkin, Amar, Siegel
Copyright Date: To Be Determined
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