Course Description


Mutcherson, Hawkins

Enrollment by permission of instructor.

Limited enrollment = 15

South African Constitutional Law introduces students to the Constitution of South Africa, which is one of the most progressive constitutions in the world. The classroom portion of the course will begin with an introduction to the history of South Africa as it relates to the development of the country’s Constitution. The rest of our class meetings prior to the trip will be devoted to a study of health, human rights, and the jurisprudence of the country’s Constitutional Court with a focus on the role the court has played and is continuing to play in shaping the country’s political, economic, and social development. During this portion of the course, members of the class will be required to prepare short papers addressing various issues that arise in the course of our studies. Satisfactory completion of these written assignments will be required to receive credit for the course. From March 9-21, we will travel to Johannesburg and Cape Town where we will get to see how the promises of the South African Constitution are or are not being met.