Comparative Constitutional Law
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Social Sciences
Course Number: NPOL 3620
Course Format: Seminar
Permission Required: No
The purpose of the course is to introduce students to different ways that modern democracies have organized themselves, and sought to address common questions. Indeed, as we will study, how a nation chooses to organize, structure and limit its government’s power is often a function of the cultural, social and legal history of the society itself. We will begin by exploring the nature of comparative constitutional law and the role of constitutional courts in defining the meaning of individual rights. Then we will analyze the various constitutional court decisions on fundamental rights, such as privacy, equality and freedom of speech and religion. We will then focus on abortion, sexual orientation, defamation and hate speech, and religion in public schools.
Course Open to: Degree Students