Recent Books on the Constitution Seminar
J.D. Seminar 430
| 3 credit hours
This seminar will study six recent scholarly books about constitutional theory and history. The class will spend two weeks on each book. For the second session on each book, the author visits the class in person to discuss the work. The books for the Fall 2016 have not yet been finalized, and will depend on the availability of the author.
Books under consideration include: Carol Berkin, The Bill of Rights: The Fight to Secure America's Liberties (2015), Mary Sarah Bilder, Madison’ Hand: Revising Constitutional Convention (2015) Michael Stokes Paulson, The Constitution: An Introduction (2015), Saikrishna Bangalore Prakash, Imperial from the Beginning: The Constitution of the Original Executive (2015), Colleen A. Shaheen, The Mind of James Madison: The Legacy of Classical Republicanism (2015), Tara Smith, Judicial Review in an Objective Legal System, and my own new book, Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People (2016).
Grades will be based on class participation and a three page “thought paper” for each book. In addition, students will submit a one-page summary of the reading — graded pass fail — for the first and second week’s discussion of each book. All papers must be submitted electronically by Monday at noon, so they can be graded by the following day. and are made available to the other students. Grades for papers submitted late will be lowered.
Prerequisite: Constitutional Law I: The Federal System or Democracy and Coercion in Curriculum B. Recommended: Prior or concurrent enrollment in Constitutional Law II: Individual Rights & Liberties.
Laptop use and Internet access are not allowed during class. FIRST CLASS ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY. All enrolled and waitlisted students must be in attendance at the start of the first class session in order to be eligible for a seat in the class. The paper requirements of this seminar will not fulfill the Upperclass Writing Requirement.
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