This unit provides an in-depth introduction to the principles, core concepts, and key cases of United States Constitutional Law. It traces the structure and role of the U.S. Supreme Court, and the development of U.S. constitutional reasoning from the post-revolutionary period to the present. It considers debates about constitutional interpretation, and the significance of different approaches to key provisions of the Constitution. Topics may include all or any of: federalism and the commerce clause; eminent domain and "just compensation"; substantive due process; equal protection of the laws: race and gender discrimination; freedom of speech; freedom of religion; unenumerated rights; constitutional protection of citizenship and voting. Students will also be introduced to, and encouraged to engage in, normative debates about constitutional values.
2x2hr seminars/wk for 10 weeks.
Class participation (10%) and either a) 2,500wd mid-semester written assignment (30%) plus final 2hr exam (60%); or b) 3hr exam (90%).
LAWS5011 or LAWS2011 or LAWS1004 or LAWS3000 or LAWS3003Prohibitions
LAWS3418 or LAWS5118 or LAWS3491 or LAWS5191 or LAWS3496