University of Pittsburgh

Constitutional Law: Freedom of Religion

Abbreviated Title: Constitutional Law: Freedom of
Catalog Number: 5090
2.0 Credits
Lecture
Priority: Limited Enrollment - 3rd Year Priority

This course will examine the First Amendment’s Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses, including the history and purpose of each, the applicable doctrinal tests, and how the Supreme Court’s theory regarding the Clauses has changed over time. Classroom discussion will focus on the specific application of these tests, the limitations of each, and whether the tests fulfill the purposes of the Religion Clauses. Finally, the course will explore how the requirements of the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses can be reconciled and whether any of the current tests or theories can provide a workable solution and balance.

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