Course Details

Law and Religion

Religious liberty is protected in American law, both by the First Amendment of the Constitution and by statutes such as the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. What is the nature of this protection? This class will examine how the law regulates religious activity, constitutional constraints on the support or funding of religious activity, and the treatment of religion in culture-shaping activities such as education. Constitutional and statutory claims for accommodation of religious objections to generally applicable laws, such as antidiscrimination laws and laws requiring employers to provide health insurance benefits such as contraception, will also be examined. We will primarily read Supreme Court decisions, but will also consider historical and theoretical perspectives. The final examination will be a 48 hour take-home essay.

Catalog Number: CONPUB 613


Course History

Fall 2015
Title: Law and Religion
Faculty: Koppelman, Andrew M. (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 65     Actual: 16