PHIL/POLI-522 – Five Great Supreme Court Cases on State and Religion

Instructor: Paul Salamanca
Term: July 23 – August 20, 2024 (five sessions)
Time: Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 PM ET
Credits: Elective | 1 credit 

  • For Credit: $250
  • No Credit (Audit): $100

Paul Salamanca Portrait

In this five-week course, Paul Salamanca, dean of the Rosenberg College of Law at the University of Kentucky and former clerk for Supreme Court Justice David Souter, will teach and discuss five seminal cases involving the relationship between church, the believer, and state. This course will be taught like a law school course in which students are expected to have read the relevant case and be ready to answer the professor’s questions when called on. These cases will most likely be:

(1) Reynolds v. United States
(2) Epperson v. Arkansas
(3) Zelman v. Simmons-Harris
(4) Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado
(5) Kennedy v. Bremerton School District

We will discuss these cases from multiple perspectives, including doctrinal and historical perspectives.

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