Const Law II: Constitutional Amendments in the United States and the World

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This course will be taught in person but with the option of remote participation via Zoom.

No part of a constitution is more important than the procedures we use to change it. Constitutional amendment procedures open a window into the soul of a constitution, exposing its deepest vulnerabilities and revealing its greatest strengths. This course will explore constitutional amendment procedures in the United States Constitution as the basis for our comparative study of constitutional amendment procedures around the world. Is the United States Constitution the world's most difficult to amend? Why doesn't the United States Constitution make anything unamendable, unlike other countries in the world, which protect human dignity, federalism, and secularism against amendment? What does the amendment process in the United States suggest about the most important constitutional values in this country? We will learn about amendment practices in many countries, including Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Honduras, India, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, among several others. Evaluation will be based on a term paper.


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Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Monday 4:15 - 6:55 pm TNH 2.138
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room
Paper

Additional Information

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

Textbooks

  • Constitutional Amendments: Making, Breaking, and Changing Constitutions - Richard Albert
      Oxford University Press , edition: 2019 (first edition)
      ISBN: 9780190640484   (required)