Contemporary Constitutional Controversies

Session 2: October 16 – December 15, 2017

Class will not be held the week of Thanksgiving

Monday, 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Many of our most vexing political issues also seem to find their way into the judicial system, as those on various sides of the issues make claims about constitutional authority or constitutional rights. In this class, we will take a look at the way the federal judiciary has treated some of these issues, largely by working our way through some of the legal arguments made and judicial opinions rendered. Here is a non-exhaustive list of issues we will discuss: President Trump’s immigration order; religious liberty; gerrymandering and voting rights; free speech and hate speech. Class participants are welcome to propose other issues to examine, and we will certainly take up any questions that bubble to the surface of our polity during the months we meet.

Tuition: $250.00

Textbook: Web Based Resources



Joe Knippenberg |

Joe Knippenberg has his  teaching and research interests in history of political philosophy, religion and politics, contemporary liberal theory. Watch a video of Dr. Knippenberg’s lecture,“Liberal Education in the Political Arena”. The lecture was one of five “Great Books and Good Books” faculty lectures in the spring 2016 semester and used OU’s Core authors (Adam Smith, Aristotle, and Alexis de Tocqueville) to reflect on some of the rather shallow and pedestrian things that politicians say about higher education in general and liberal education in particular.