May 27, 2020  
2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog

HP 251A Constitutional Law

Prerequisite: ENG 102 
3 credits

This course will use the Great Books methodology of close reading of selected decisions of the United States Supreme Court and secondary sources about the cases, followed by Socratic dialogue, to understand the nature and transformation of constitutional law in the United States from 1803 until the present. The format of the course requires asking difficult questions about the cases and secondary sources and searching for answers, which, in turn, begets more questions. Both the instructor and the students will engage the cases and texts through the Socratic Method to draw forth knowledge through continuous questioning, but the students ultimately are responsible for the success of discussion.