Law in American History: Twentieth Century

Section 1, Fall 19

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 18/52
Credits: 3

Course Description

This is a survey course on private and public law in the twentieth century. Topics to be covered include American jurisprudence; the law of mass media; foreign relations law and policy; the internal work of the Supreme Court; the evolving status of constitutional due process, equal protection, and free speech jurisprudence; and the history of the “political question” doctrine from the early twentieth century through Bush v. Gore. The books for the course are G.Edward White, Law in American History, Volume II (2016) and G. Edward White, Law in American History, Volume III (2019). Lectures will be based on chapters in those books. A syllabus will be posted in advance of the beginning of class on the course’s Canvas page.

Course Requirements

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

Final Type (if any): None
Description: None
Final Exam Notes:


Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will be expected to write two “response” papers (both due via EXPO), either reacting to positions taken by the instructor in lectures or in book chapters or elaborating upon some topic alluded to in class or in the readings. The papers should be limited to 10 double-spaced pages and should demonstrate evidence of independent research and thought. The first paper will be due immediately after Fall break, and the second the last day the class meets.

Other Work

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

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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Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
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Concentrations: Legal History
Public Syllabus Link: None
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