L57 RelPol 320

Religious Freedom in America

Fall 2018, M/W 10:00–11:00AM

This interdisciplinary course, co-taught by a law school professor and an American historian, concerns the intersection of religion, liberty, and law in American culture.

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This interdisciplinary course, co-taught by a law school professor and an American historian, concerns the intersection of religion, liberty, and law in American culture. It introduces students to the major texts and historical issues concerning religious liberty, using legal history and case law, intellectual and social history, and political philosophy. It will address issues of significant contemporary debate-from the role of religious groups on college campuses to bakers and gay weddings–along with the deep historical background, from English settlement of North America and the making of the Constitution, through the Civil War, to the Cold War and the recent political developments.

Course history

  • Fall 2016: taught by Prof. John Inazu and Prof. Mark Valeri
  • The unique structure of having both a law professor and a religious history professor teaching you provides a lot of insight into religious freedom in America.

    — Fall 2016

  • This course was intellectually stimulating in so many ways and I definitely came out of it with both new perspectives and information on a variety of subjects, most notably the role of religion in American history and politics.

    — Fall 2016