LAW Religion and the Constitution
Civil Rights/Liberties: General
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Religion and the Constitution
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[ Academia ] [ Litigation ] [ Regulatory & Policy ] as a Key Elective : Students interested in a public interest practice should consider taking one or more courses on civil liberties. This course studies the issue of religious toleration in political theory and in American constitutional law.
General course Description:
(Same as POLISCI 336T.) Issues of religious toleration in political theory and in American constitutional law. Topics include: whether religion merits the special constitutional solicitude provided by the First Amendment's religion clauses; religion as distinct from culture, morality, and philosophy as understood for constitutional purposes; the tensions between ensuring free exercise and avoiding religious establishment; cases for and against free exercise exemptions; and whether the religion clauses can be understood as serving a single fundamental value such as liberty, equality, or neutrality. Readings from political and constitutional theory including Bodin, Locke, Madison, Jefferson, Rawls, Nussbaum, McConnell, Okin, Choper, Hamburger, and constitutional cases.
Course Style: A Substantive course teaches the law, theory, and policy in a particular area of law