POLSCI 338 - Constitution&Courts

The Constitution Outside of the Courts --- What is the history and value of a politics of constitutional interpretation outside of the courts? A first aim of the class is to expose students with interests in law to the major controversies in US history whose resolution happened through non-judicial means. Cases we study may include the Constitution's ratification, post-war Reconstruction, the labor movement, the creation of the United Nations, the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Iran-Contra scandal, and contemporary judicial confirmation hearings. A second aim is to consider what these politics suggest about core themes in the field of law and courts: for example, issues around partisanship and constitutional interpretation; the establishment of judicial review; the role of a constitution in resolving conflict.
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