AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
cod. 1010243

Academic year 2021/22
5° year of course - Second semester
Professor
- Rodney Alan SMOLLA
Academic discipline
Diritto costituzionale (IUS/08)
Field
A scelta dello studente
Type of training activity
Student's choice
36 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit
in ENGLISH

Learning objectives

Students will have a complete knowledge of the
U.s. constitutional law system

Prerequisites

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Course unit content

Introduction to separation of powers. The foundations of judicial review. Presidential power. Presidential accountability. Foreign relations powers. Powers of war and peace. Jurisdiction of federal courts. The powers of the national legislature. The commerce power. Taxing and spending power. Sovereignty of states in the federal system and the tenth amendment. Public and private domain: the state action doctrine. Economic legislation. Takings of private property. Introduction to equal protection. Race discrimination. Gender discrimination. Affirmative action. The right to privacy. Reproduction and sexual orientation. Introduction to freedom of speech. Free speech and violence. Graphic and offensive speech. Obscenity and pornography. Personal reputation and privacy. Freedom of media and journalism. Free speech and education. Free speech and employment. Commercial speech and advertising. Prior restraints. Government speech. Government funding of speech. Free exercise of religion. Establishment of religion.

Full programme

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Bibliography

Readings will come from constitutional law casebook co-authored by dean smolla and made available by pdf file for free to students

Teaching methods

Lectures, role-playing exercises, discussions

Assessment methods and criteria

Written examination questions similar to american law school and bar exam

Other information

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