Religious Liberty

Class Unique: 28250

            This is a survey course on issues of religious liberty arising under the Free Exercise Clause, the Establishment Clause, the Test Oath Clause, state constitutional provisions, and modern religious liberty legislation.  There are three principal sets of issues:

            1)  Government regulation of religious practice, including laws that make religious practices illegal, laws that make it difficult or impossible to physically create a place of worship, and laws that interfere with internal church decisions concerning employment, doctrine, property ownership, and lines of religious authority;

            2)  Government funding of religious institutions and especially of secular services provided by religious institutions, including such issues as school vouchers, faith-based social services, religious colleges and universities, and religious hospitals; and

            3)  Government sponsorship and regulation of religious speech, including such issues as school-sponsored prayer, student religion clubs, distribution of religious literature, municipal Nativity scenes, government crosses, monuments to the Ten Commandments, and so on.


Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 1:15 - 2:05 pm TNH 2.124
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room
Final 12/14/19 8:30 am 2.138

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Allowed
Will use floating mean GPA if applicable

Textbooks

  • Religion and the Constitution - McConnell Berg Lund
      Wolters Kluwer , edition: 4th
      ISBN: 9781454868262   (required)