Course Details

The American Death Penalty

This course introduces students to the legal regulation and administration of the death penalty. In so doing, the course provides perspective on the Supreme Court's arguably outsized jurisprudential role; historic concerns, particularly about race, that influence doctrine; and current controversies such as lethal injection, extreme geographic disparities in the administration of the death penalty, and the execution of people with mental illness. While the imposition and use of the death penalty appears to be on the decline, every federal circuit continues to decide death penalty cases, whether from state convictions or federal death penalty prosecutions. This course can be used to satisfy the Professional Writing requirement. Course objectives: § By the end of the course, students will understand and will be able to write about and discuss how the U.S. Constitution regulates the death penalty and its administration. § Students will be able to situate the doctrine within larger American historical, political, and cultural concerns. § Students will have the opportunity to improve their legal writing and drafting skills.

Catalog Number: CRIM 656
Practice Areas: Constitutional LawCriminal Law Practice Area
Additional Course Information: Professional Writing


Course History

Fall 2017
Title: The American Death Penalty
Faculty: Rountree, Meredith Martin (courses | profile)
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 8