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Constitutional Theory Seminar: Interpretation in Theory and Practice (Fall 2019)
- Course Number: LAW-875
- Class Number: 03645
- Instructor: Rebecca Brown
Co-taught with Omar Noureldin
This seminar offers in-depth study of different approaches to constitutional interpretation and different conceptions of the role of the Supreme Court, including the role of judicial review in a democracy. Readings will consist primarily of writings of influential scholars on various aspects of constitutional interpretation.
Specific topics will include:
-Judicial activism and restraint
-Originalism and its critiques
-Extrajudicial interpretation of the Constitution
The seminar will be in discussion format, with students assigned each week to lead the discussion. A portion of the grade will be based on class participation. A first draft and final paper will be required, with an expected length of at least 30 pages double spaced, on a topic inspired by readings in the course.
- Unit Value: 3
- Grading Options: Numerical Only
- Schedule: W 10:00 am - 11:50 am
- Room Number: Room 118/120
- Exam: Paper
- Writing Requirement: Yes with submission of the Upper Division Writing Requirement Form.
- Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: No
- Participation: Graded
- Pre-requisites: Con Law: Structure and either First Amendment or Con Law: Rights; Or with permission of the instructor
- Enrollment Limitation: 16 studnets
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