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Spring 2019
LAW661  AW  SECOND AMENDMENT FUNDAMENTALISM SEMINAR

Course Description
Though primarily associated with religion, the concept of fundamentalism is useful in diagnosing a range of ideological attitudes, including interpretations of the U.S. Constitution. Constitutional fundamentalism is characterized by selective, emotionally charged, and rigid interpretations of particular constitutional rights. This seminar focuses on Second Amendment fundamentalism and its impact on the legal doctrine, public policy, and popular understanding of the right to bear arms. In addition to studying the evolution of Second Amendment interpretation, we will consult
case law, legal scholarship, and current events to explore the influence of Second Amendment fundamentalism on the legal and social conceptions of self-defense, harm, and risk. We will explore the role of gender, racial, and cultural identity in gun rights debates as well as the influence of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the firearms industry in shaping law and policy. This seminar requires lengthy reading assignments and consistent, extensive participation by each student.


Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
01-17-2019 - 04-23-2019   R  3:30 PM-5:20 PM G363

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 2
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite:
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Multiple writing assignments
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Writing Requirement
Special Attributes: None
Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s):
Textbook Required:
Yes  
  • Textbook Name: The Positive Second Amendment
    Textbook Type: Paperback
    Requirement: Required
    Author: Blocher & Miller
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    ISBN: 978-1316611289
      
  
First Class Assignment(s):

 
Professor(s)

FRANKS, MARY ANNE


Biography
Contact Information:
Email: mafranks@law.miami.edu
Phone: (305)284-5345
Office: G385