The Constitution and Today’s Public Policy Debates

UPADM-GP.213, 4 points.


The Constitution plays an active role in many of today’s most heated issues such as gun control, “Obamacare,” same-sex marriage. To fully comprehend these public policy matters, you must understand the doctrines that lie beneath. This course is an introduction to constitutional law through the lens of several contemporary public policy debates. Coursework will grapple with questions like: How should policy-makers and judges determine what the Constitution means? How does constitutional law develop? What is the relationship between popular will, public policy and constitutional law? What is the Supreme Court’s role? What is the public’s role? Students will read cases, legal academic articles and popular commentary.

Prerequisites: None.

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