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Fall 2017-2018
WWS 421 / POL 479 / CHV 470 (SA)   No Pass/D/Fail

Comparative Constitutional Law

Kim Lane Scheppele

This course will introduce students to the variety of forms of constitutional government and the way that human rights are understood and enforced by courts around the world. We will trace the emergence of a global constitutional culture and explore the constitutions of South Africa, India, Germany, France, the UK, the Netherlands, Hungary, Colombia and Canada. We will give primary emphasis to the rights provisions in national constitutions but will also consider transnational regimes through examining decisions of the European Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Sample reading list:
Donald Kommers, Constitutional Jurisprudence of Federal Republic of Germany
Aalt Willem Heringa, Constitutions Compared
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 100-200 pages of reading per week; essay-based take-home midterm and final. The readings will include both court cases and secondary sources. Students will be expected to read assignments before class and to participate in discussions.

Take Home Mid term Exam - 40%
Take Home Final Exam - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22142 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Robertson Hall   015   Enrolled:17 Limit:25