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Spring 2022
5297 Law and Religion - SEILER- 24798


Credits: 2

Course Areas: Law And Society/ Interdisciplinary 

Time: CANCELLED    Location:  

Course Outline: This course explores the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, using the leading textbook in the field (McConnell, Garvey and Berg, 4th edition), as well as some supplementary readings. Students will engage in an in-depth study of these clauses, as well as other federal and state laws concerning religious liberty. The First Amendment reflects a particular concern for “religion,” but the meaning of religion, its legal treatment, and the limits of religious expression have been debated. This course explores those debates through the doctrinal, historical and theoretical dimensions of the First Amendment, paying particular attention to the case law that has developed around these clauses. We will review the protections for religion in the workplace provided by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In addition to reviewing major decisions by the United States Supreme Court on the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses, students will engage in materials designed to keep students up to date on the continual evolution of this area of law.

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Course Notes: (Face-to-Face)  The UH registration system instruction mode for this course is listed in parenthesis. After student registration in November, there may be instruction mode changes to this course up through Jan. 5th, 2022, but notice of such changes will be sent to then-registered students. Instructors and students are expected to normally be physically present in the classroom. If the course has a final examination, it will be in a classroom requiring your physical presence. Other assessment, such as a mid-term exam, may also be in a classroom. Whether this instructor will offer “remote presence” (starting a zoom meeting from the podium computer to enable student remote access on an occasional basis) for part or all of the semester is not known, but students should not rely on an expectation that remote presence will be available.



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Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

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Pass-Fail Student Election: Unavailable (Instructor Preference)