Constitutionalism: History and Jurisprudence

Section 1, Spring 19

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 15/16
Credits: 3

Course Description

This seminar focuses on various ways of thinking about constitutions and constitutionalism -- as a restatement of ancient right (the tradition associated with England's Magna Carta), as being based upon a social compact (as in the thinking of John Locke), as reflecting the idea of a "nation" (as in the Turkish Constitution), etc. In developing the ways of looking at constitutions, we will draw in part upon the various schools of jurisprudence (natural law, historical jurisprudence, etc.) as well as upon historical and contemporary sources. We will pay particular attention to important moments in the history of constitutionalism, such as the founding period of the United States and in France, the era of liberalism in 19th century Europe, the emergence of social and economic rights in the 20th century, etc. Having in mind these perspectives, students are invited to write research papers dealing with constitutionalism in earlier eras or with constitutions or constitutional developments in our own time.

Course Requirements

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

Final Type (if any): None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be required to submit a substantial research paper via EXPO no later than noon on May 6, 2019.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Constitutional Law useful, but not required Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: Constitutionalism: Nation, Culture, and Constitutions (9283)
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: Yes
**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.

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