January 2015
    Law No.: LAW7624
    Sched. No.: 115110003

Virginia and the Constitution (SC)
Section 1
Howard, A E.

Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):MTWRF, 0930-1200 (SL131)
Capacity:16 **This information is current as of 05/22/2015 06:14:34 AM**
Current Enrollment:6 **This information is current as of 05/22/2015 06:14:34 AM**

Course Description:

This January term course meets Monday-Friday, January 12-16.

In the 400 years since its first settlement, Virginia has been intimately intertwined with the central themes of American constitutionalism – the idea of rights, the balance between national and state power, the nature of religious liberty, the problem of race and discrimination, etc. In this course, we will consider selected persons, documents, and events which illuminate those themes. Examples include the Virginia Declaration of Rights (1776), the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom (1786), James Madison’s Virginia Plan (1787), the nationalist opinions of John Marshall, the Prince Edward County litigation, and Virginia’s own Constitutions, especially that of 1902 and the present Constitution. Each student will be asked to choose and to read one book, such as a biography of a major Virginian (Jefferson, Madison, Marshall, etc.) or a book on some aspect of Virginia history relevant to constitutional development. The course’s paper requirement will take the form of an essay on that book.

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: Attendance at all class sessions is expected