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

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Meeting Times

Day Time Location
MON, WED 2:15 - 3:30 pm JON 6.206

Evaluation Method

Type Date Time Location
Take-home exam up to 8 hrs (administered by Exam4) April 26, 2023 9:00 am


Do you believe the US Constitution should be amended? How would you amend it? Is it even possible to amend the Constitution in today's sharply divided political environment? Students in this course will examine and contextualize the design, history, practice, and theory of constitutional amendment in the United States. Students will explore several key questions, including: (1) Is the US Constitution the world's most difficult to amend?; (2) What values are reflected in the architecture of the country's constitutional amendment procedures?; and (3) Why doesn't the US Constitution make anything unamendable, unlike other countries in the world, which protect human dignity, federalism, and secularism against amendment? Students in this course will learn why no part of a constitution is more important than the procedures we use to change it. Evaluation will be based on a single-question, broadly-phrased, word-limited take-home examination inviting students to reflect on the central themes in this course. 

Textbooks ( * denotes required )

Constitutional Amendments : Making, Breaking, and Changing Constitutions (optional)
Albert, Richard
Oxford University Press, Incorporated
ISBN: 978-0-19-064048-4
Lta Law 381c Albert Constitutional Amendments *
ISBN: 978-0-19-064050-7
Our Undemocratic Constitution : Where the Constitution Goes Wrong (and How We the People Can Correct It) (optional)
Levinson, Sanford
Oxford University Press, Incorporated
ISBN: 978-0-19-536557-3
Lta Law 381c Levinson Our Undemocratic Constitution *
ISBN: 978-0-19-988571-8


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Important Class Changes

Date Updated
03/22/2023 Exam information updated
01/09/2023 Room(s) changed
11/02/2022 Meeting changed