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220.6 sec. 002 - Constitutional Law (Spring 2021)

Instructor: Ian F. Haney-López  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 4
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


WF 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 (1Ls): 31650
Class Number: 31650

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 43
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 81
As of: 05/08 05:45 AM

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.

Requirements Satisfaction:

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

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
Course Category: Public Law and Policy

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Required Books are in blue

  • Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking: Cases and Materials
    Paul Brest, Sanford Levinson, J. M. Balkin, Akhil Reed Amar, Reva B. Siegel
    Edition: 7th edition
    ISBN: 9781454899242
    e-Book Available: Yes
    e-Book procurement note:
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $292.00
    Price Source: user provided

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