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The aim of this course is to introduce students to American constitutional law through the study of landmark Supreme Court decisions on controversial moral issues. The material on the course will be organised in relation to broad themes that will enable students to develop and refine their understanding of major issues in American Constitutional Law. The themes include abortion; homosexuality and same-sex marriage; freedom of religion; affirmative action. The course will also help students to familiarise themselves with the main approaches to constitutional interpretation.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||30 credits (15 ECTS credits)|
|Campus||Old Aberdeen||Sustained Study||No|
Course Aims: The aim of the course is to teach and discuss topics of American constitutional law which are of contemporary interest. Main Learning Outcomes: Knowledge and Understanding The outcome should be the critical appreciation/assessment of the problems posed before the US Supreme Court. These may include: abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality and same-sex marriage, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, discrimination, the right to privacy. Students are also expected to have a solid understanding of the American system of judicial review and the different approaches to constitutional interpretation. Subject Specific Skills and Concepts The skills students will acquire or develop are:
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1st Attempt: One 2,500 word essay (25%) and 1 three-hour written examination (75%). Resit: Normally, no resit is available.
One 1,000 word essay for MA Legal Studies students.
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