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B668 Constitutional Law II

Description This course will focus on the First Amendment. We will spend the majority of the semester examining freedom of expression. We will begin with an overview of free speech theory and then turn to the issues that arise when government action interferes with various types of speech, including politically subversive speech, libel and defamation, pornography, hate speech, and commercial speech. We will also discuss the problems posed by regulation of symbolic acts of expression (like flag burning), limitations on the use of public areas such as parks and streets, and campaign finance reform. The remainder of the course will focus on the religion clauses of the First Amendment. We will examine cases concerning the meaning of religion and the protection afforded to religious practice, including the application of drug laws to the sacramental use of peyote by members of the Native American church. We will also explore the interpretation of the establishment clause, in cases involving school prayer and school vouchers, the teaching of evolution, and public sponsorship of Christmas displays. The course will include both lecture and discussion. There will be one final examination which will be a take-home exam.

Faculty D. Conkle, D. Johnsen, S. Williams

Fall 2015 - 2016Constitutional Law IIConkle
Fall 2015 - 2016Constitutional Law IIWilliams, S.
Fall 2014 - 2015Constitutional Law IIConkle
Fall 2014 - 2015Constitutional Law IIJohnsen, D.
Fall 2014 - 2015Constitutional Law IIWilliams, S.
Spring 2013 - 2014Constitutional Law IIWilliams, S.
Fall 2013 - 2014Constitutional Law IIConkle
Fall 2013 - 2014Constitutional Law IIJohnsen, D.
Fall 2012 - 2013Constitutional Law IIJohnsen, D.
Fall 2012 - 2013Constitutional Law IIWilliams, S.
Fall 2011 - 2012Constitutional Law IIConkle
Fall 2011 - 2012Constitutional Law IIJohnsen, D.
Fall 2011 - 2012Constitutional Law IIWilliams, S.
Fall 2010 - 2011Constitutional Law IIConkle
Fall 2010 - 2011Constitutional Law II (syllabus) (first day's assignment)Johnsen, D.
Fall 2010 - 2011Constitutional Law IIWilliams, S.
Fall 2009 - 2010Constitutional Law II (syllabus)Conkle