Conservative and Libertarian Policy and the Law (DiPompeo/Barkley)
W 4:30PM - 6:30PM
This colloquium-format course will explore the most significant issues and debates that stand to define the future of conservative and libertarian policies and proposals. Some have observed that conservative and libertarian thought is at a crossroads, as many conservatives and libertarians have begun to rethink accepted orthodoxies handed down from the broad coalition formed in the 1980s. This has led to new (and sometimes unexpected) insights into fundamental questions like the role of government in the market, the place of individuals and families in society, and the United States’ relationship with foreign nations–both allies and adversaries. Students taking this course will have an opportunity to engage with these debates through a combination of selected readings, short responsive papers, and class discussion. Numerous public officials and thought leaders will participate as guest speakers, giving students a first-hand opportunity to interact with those from across the spectrum of conservative and libertarian thought who are at the center of these debates. Participating speakers in last semester’s class included Senator Mitt Romney, Oren Cass (American Compass), David French (The Dispatch), Rich Lowry (National Review) and others. Students will be required to write periodic short responsive papers based on the readings and discussions, and the course will be graded Credit/Fail.
Constitutional Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of constitutional law; Perform legal analysis in the context of constitutional law; Communicate effectively on topics related to constitutional law; Demonstrate an understanding of constitutional law affects other areas of law.
Perspectives on the Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of how the law affects, and is affected by, the individual course topic; Perform legal analysis in the context of the individual course topic; Communicate effectively on the legal and other aspects of the individual course topic; Demonstrate the ability to use other disciplines to analyze legal issues relevant to the individual course topic, including economics, philosophy, and sociology, as appropriate.
Administrative and Regulatory Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of administrative and regulatory law and the administrative process, including the role of statutory authorization and work of administrative agencies; Perform legal analysis in the context of administrative and regulatory law; Communicate effectively on topics related to administrative and regulatory law; Demonstrate an understanding of the role administrative and regulatory law play in our legal system and in society as a whole.