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220.12 sec. 001 - The Constitution in War Time (Spring 2021)

Instructor: Amanda Tyler  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


W 08:00 AM - 09:50 AM
Location: Internet/Online
From January 20, 2021
To April 30, 2021

Course Start: January 20, 2021
Course End: April 30, 2021
Class Number: 32257

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 14
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 15
As of: 05/08 05:45 AM

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, World War II, the War on Terror, the use of military tribunals, the suspension of habeas corpus, 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.

Due to the nature of this class, some or all of the sessions may not be recorded and posted except as required for accommodation of students with disabilities.

Due to the nature of this class, real-time attendance is required (without an alternative way to earn equivalent credit) except in cases of illness or emergency.

NOTE: In this class, the usual provisions of Add/Drop do not apply. All interested students, whether enrolled or on the waitlist, must attend the first class in order to be admitted. Any student who does not attend the first class without prior permission of the instructor will be dropped from the class and the waitlist. No additional students will be permitted to add the course.

Constitutional Law (may not be taken concurrently)

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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Required Books are in blue

  • War and Responsibility
    John Hart Ely
    Publisher: Princeton University Press
    ISBN: 9780691025520
    e-Book Available: Yes
    e-Book procurement note:
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $46.91
    Price Source: user provided
  • War-Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences
    Mary L. Dudziak
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    ISBN: 9780199315857
    e-Book Available: Yes
    e-Book procurement note:
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 21.95
    Price Source: user provided

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