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LAWS 8852 Constitutional Politics (Fall: 2 )

Course Description

This is a seminar on the process of constitutional amendment in the United States. We will explore the many ways in which the United States Constitution has changed since its adoption as a result of both formal and informal amendments. We will study Article V of the Constitution, which sets the rules for formally amending the Constitution. We will analyze the role of political actors in changing the text and meaning of the Constitution. Additionally, we will discuss the future of the Constitution, specifically whether and how it should be reformed. This course will be conducted as a seminar discussion. One student will be designated as a "discussion leader" for each seminar meeting and will co-lead that particular seminar meeting with the Professor. Evaluation will be based on a take-home examination.


Prerequisites: Constitutional Law I.

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17