POLS 3125 Constitutional Interpretation
4 hours; 4 credits
Explores the content, aims and variants of the Constitution, and its role in the political system. Considers which actors are best positioned to interpret the Constitution. Explores originalism, textualism, prudentialism, structuralism, doctrinalism. Discusses the limitations and possibilities of each. Considers the role that educated citizens play in constitutional interpretation in order to ensure the vitality of a strong democracy.
Prerequisite: Core Studies 3 or Core Curriculum 1230, or any Political Science course in the 1000-level range, or English 1010 or equivalent, or permission of department.