220.12 sec. 001 - The Constitution in Wartime (Spring 2019)
Instructor: Amanda Tyler (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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- W 08:00 AM - 09:50 AM
Location: Law 111
From January 09, 2019
To April 19, 2019
Course End: April 19, 2019
Class Number: (Non-1Ls): 32370
Enrollment info: Enrolled: 15
Enroll Limit: 17
As of: 06/11 02:48 PM
This is an advanced constitutional law course that will address a series of interrelated issues that have arisen over the course of American history as the United States Constitution has had to confront the realities of war. The course will investigate wartime periods in American history and the legal issues that they triggered, along with the resulting debates over those issues and broader theoretical discussions that exist today over how the Constitution operates in wartime, with the aim of critically analyzing the various positions in such debates. Students will read judicial decisions and academic commentary and scholarship. Major issues to be covered include: exploring how the system of checks and balances can and should work during periods of national crisis, the relevance of traditional constitutional constraints on executive power in wartime, congressional checks and oversight of war powers; the role of the judiciary in wartime; how the Civil War has or should shape constitutional meaning, the War on Terror, the use of military tribunals, the suspension authority, and more generally the intersection of war powers and civil liberties.
Students will write four short reflection papers over the course of the semester. Regular attendance and active class participation are also required and will serve as an additional component of student evaluation.
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 in order not to be dropped.
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