220.14 sec. 001 - Originalism (Fall 2020)
Instructor: Orin Kerr (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Grading Designation: Credit Only
Due to COVID-19, this class is remote for Fall 2020.
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction
Tu 3:35 PM - 4:25 PM
From August 18, 2020
To November 30, 2020
Course End: November 30, 2020
Class Number (1Ls): 34342
Enroll Limit: 11
As of: 12/07 09:41 AM
How should judges interpret the Constitution? One controversial approach is "originalism," a method that focuses on the Constitution's original public meaning. This seminar will explore the debate over originalism and will seek to evaluate originalist approaches to constitutional interpretation. We will try to understand what makes an interpretive approach originalist; to identify the different scholarly approaches to originalism; to assess whether a distinctive originalism is possible; to understand what values originalism serves; to see how to make (and how to dissect) originalist arguments; and to appreciate the arguments both for and against originalism relative to other approaches to constitutional interpretation.
This class is among the special Fall 2020 1L elective seminars designed to give entering 1Ls an extra opportunity to form connections despite our remote form of interaction. In light of that goal, these classes will expect real-time attendance and may not be recorded. These classes will all be graded on a Credit/No Credit basis and total written work requirement will be no more than 8 double-spaced pages.
This course is only open to 1Ls.
Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Public Law and Policy
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