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220.6 sec. 002 - Constitutional Law (Spring 2019)

Instructor: Ian F. Haney-López  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 4


    TuWTh 2:15 PM - 3:25 PM
    Location: Law 140
    From January 08, 2019
    To April 19, 2019

Course Start: January 08, 2019
Course End: April 19, 2019
Class Number (1Ls): 31166
Class Number: 31166

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 45
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 68
As of: 06/11 02:48 PM

Covering much of the same material discussed in the other sections, this introductory Constitutional Law course 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 the evolving meanings of the Constitution. 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.

The assigned casebook is Paul Brest, Sanford Levinson, Jack M. Balkin, Akhil Reed Amar, Reva B. Siegel, Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking, Sixth Edition (Aspen/WoltersKluwer 2014). Please note that this is edition six, NOT the more recent (and more expensive) seventh edition.

Requirements Satisfaction:

This class satisfies the J.D. Constitutional Law Requirement.

Exam Notes: (F) In-class final exam
Course Category: Public Law and Policy

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Required Books are in blue

  • Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking (Cases)(w/Bind-in AC)
    Edition: 6th 2015 (note: not the more recent 7th edition)
    ISBN: 9780735594449
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: To Be Determined

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