Religion in U.S. law and politics

This class seeks introduce students to the problems (theoretical and practical) of the secular nation-state through closely examining First Amendment jurisprudence. By summarizing the majority and minority opinions of a couple of excerpted Supreme Court cases for each class, students become adept in discerning complicated arguments. In class, students restage the cases’ debates in a variety of different ways and interrogate the various available positions. Assignments include individual and group work analyzing particular opinions for the class project—a website presenting a timeline and an analysis of the history of the jurisprudence of the Religion Clauses.