COMPARATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: CONSTITUTIONAL SOLUTIONS TO MODERN PROBLEMS
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NPOL 3573
Course Format: Lecture
Permission Required: No
- Global Studies
This course is a comparative analysis of the ways governments around the world with different constitutions deal with some of the most significant problems of our time. We begin by discussing the Constitution of the United States—in particular, how it divides power between branches of government and guarantees individual rights. Topics covered include racial and sexual discrimination, freedom of speech, the right to privacy, and the rights of the accused. We then discuss how other constitutions deal with similar issues. We compare the actual texts and study the historical contexts and legal and cultural norms that provide the foundations for the various constitutions. Students acquire the knowledge necessary to interpret modern political and legal issues and to discuss and compare solutions in a constructive manner.