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Religion and the Law

NOTE: This course description is new for the 2016-2017 academic year. You may read the prior course description immediately below this new one. 

2016-2017

This limited enrollment, highly specialized course explores one of the most hotly disputed issues in the law—the proper relationship between government and religion. Church-state issues have bedeviled the Supreme Court for more than half a century, and conflicts between religion and the law are at the center of several contemporary debates (e.g., religious objections to contraceptive-coverage requirements and same-sex marriage laws). Students in the course will engage in an in-depth study of the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses of the First Amendment as well as other federal and state laws concerning religious liberty.

Class evaluation will be by exam and class participation.

Prerequisite:  Constitutional Law II 

NOTE: The below course description applied prior to the 2016-2017 academic year.

This seminar explores one of the most hotly disputed issues in the law—the proper relationship between government and religion. Church-state issues have bedeviled the Supreme Court for more than half a century, and conflicts between religion and the law are at the center of several contemporary debates (e.g., religious objections to contraceptive-coverage requirements and same-sex marriage laws). Students in the seminar will engage in an in-depth study of the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses of the First Amendment as well as other federal and state laws concerning religious liberty.

Class evaluation will be by seminar paper (capstone equivalent) and class participation.

Prerequisite:  Constitutional Law II 

Meets the capstone or WIE writing requirement.