American Constitutional Development and Interpretation II: Individual Rights
Historical, political, and doctrinal introduction to the primary themes of constitutional protection of individual rights in the United States, judicial review, state action, incorporation, fundamental rights (e.g., marriage, contraception, abortion, and speech), and equal citizenship (i.e. discrimination on the basis of race, sex, and sexual orientation). Special emphasis on: (1) the shaping and reshaping of constitutional rights through cultural and political conflict; (2) basic methods of constitutional interpretation and (3) relationships among constitutional text, judicial doctrine, and robust practices of constitutional interpretation outside the courts. Instructor: Staff. One course.