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

Fall 2005

GOV 312L • Issues and Policies in American Government

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37538 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
WCH 1.120

Course Description

Fulfills second half of legislative requirement for 6 hours of American government. Offered on the letter-grade basis only. May be taken for credit only once. 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 branches of the American government have coped with this phenomenon -- presenting both problems and opportunities -- over two centuries in six major areas: property, privacy, equal protection, expression, religion, and separation of powers.

Grading Policy

4 in-class essays, weighted equally, consitute 80% of the final grade Class participation - depending on quality of, 20% of the final grade


Gunter, Gerald and Kathleen Sullivan, eds., Constitutional Law. Foundation, 15th edition.


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