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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Summer 2003

GOV s312L • Issues and Policies in American Government

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
85510 MTWThF
8:30 AM-10:00 AM
TAY 2.006

Course Description

We examine constitutional law, American political culture, and the sociology of rules, by focusing on one problem central to our legal regime. Legal indeterminacy refers to the lack of determinate knowledge, of what a legal rule means and of how judges and others should apply it. Much law at the constitutional level is indeterminate. This course explores how the Supreme Court and other branchs of American government have coped with this phenomenon (presenting both problems and opportunities) over two centuries in five major areas: property, privacy, equal protection, religion, and expression.

Grading Policy

4 in-class essays, weighted equally, adjusted for quality of class participation.


Gerald Gunter and Kathleen Sullivan, eds. Constitutional Law, 14th ed.


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