“[I gained] a more open view towards controversial issues and a pathway to becoming a global human.” – Evelyn A. | Dallas, Texas
This is a course designed for students interested in law, government, and politics. It examines a wide range of contemporary issues subject to constitutional interpretation, introducing students to the constitution, the fundamental concepts of constitutional law, the role of the courts, and the legal limitations on governmental policy making.
Students discuss and analyze topics including separation of powers, federalism, freedom of speech, affirmative action, the death penalty, gun control, civil rights, and abortion. They are exposed to current constitutional challenges and are given the opportunity to explore the relationship between law and society.
Students develop skills that enable them to read and interpret Supreme Court decisions, which serve as the basis for class discussion. Debates and Moot Courts call on students to develop persuasive arguments in defense of their positions, thereby sharpening reasoning and analytical skills.
Michelle Chun is a political and legal theorist whose research focuses on democratic theory, American pragmatism, and jurisprudence. She also maintains research interests in American constitutional law and civil liberties, early modern liberalism and epistemology, and 20th Century continental political theory. She is currently revising her dissertation, "John Dewey and the Democratic Life of the Law," for publication. Michelle received her PhD in political science from Columbia, where she also completed an MA, MPhil, and a JD as a dual degree candidate; she holds an undergraduate degree in social studies from Harvard University.
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