Constitutional Interpretation

How has the Supreme Court of the United States decided cases involving constitutional provisions and values?  How should the Court decide such cases?  And is it right that the Supreme Court is the ultimate decider of what the Constitution means?  What is originalism in constitutional interpretation?  How is it related to textualism and why is it such an influential and popular mode of constitutional interpretation today?  This seminar will cover landmark constitutional cases and academic commentary in an attempt to address these questions.  Students will write five short reaction papers (500-1000 words each) and there will be a 24-hour take-home final examination. Students may elect to write a paper for the course in lieu of the final exam, but they must still submit the reaction papers.

Course has a take-home exam or paper opt

Credits: 3

Type: SEM

Does this course satisfy the writing requirement? Yes