Exam Type: Any Day Take-Home
This course is one of the basic courses in the field. It addresses the Freedom of Speech, the Free Exercise of Religion and the Establishment Clause.
Because constitutional law is always [at least potentially] in motion, this class will feature its development through time, animated and structured by its internal conflicts and by momentous shifts in its political and social contexts. Beginning with religion, we'll go on, at greater length, to explore speech issues. Analyzing the ebb and flow of doctrine and argument in the modern period since World War II will prepare us to speculate about developments that lie ahead now.
This will compel us to confront a great issue of our day: the crisis of liberal democracy in the West.
The aim will be to enable you not only to understand and make constitutional argument, but also to better understand law in general - and its relation to politics.
In class, there will be no cold calling. Exams will be graded blind, in keeping with the recommended HLS curve. If the class has under 50 students, a few grades may be raised in cases of excellent participation in class discussions.