GOV s312L • Issues and Policies in American Government
8:30 AM-10:00 AM
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.
4 in-class essays, weighted equally, adjusted for quality of class participation.
Gerald Gunter and Kathleen Sullivan, eds. Constitutional Law, 14th ed.