Virginia and the Constitution (SC)

Section 1, J-Term 16

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 16/16
Credits: 1

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 COURSE REQUIREMENT: Paper required

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any):
Description: None

Final Type (if any): Due Date Only

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Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With:
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: No
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Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

General Information

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