601:735. CITIZENSHIP and NATIONALITY: LAW AND POLICY (2 or 3)
Prerequisite: CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
The course examines questions regarding a) the attribution, acquisition and loss of national citizenship status and b) the significance of the status’s possession or lack thereof for rights and recognition.
Through readings in law, policy and legal theory, the course will cover: territorial birthright citizenship, citizenship by descent, naturalization, denaturalization, expatriation, plural citizenship, citizenship in subnational, quasi-national and extra-national locales, and the relationship between citizenship status and various rights and benefits within nation-states. The course focuses, in significant part, on citizenship law in the United States, and pays extensive attention to its constitutional dimensions. However, we will also consider citizenship and nationality questions in comparative and international perspective.
Self-scheduled take-home exam.