Religious Liberty Law and Policy – GOVT 467

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 11/05/2021

Course Description

This course examines key public policy and legal issues, trends and strategies related to religious liberty. Students will also examine and articulate recommendations for policy in this context and identify future legal challenges and issues.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


In an increasingly secular society, religious liberty is an increasingly salient issue. This course provides students with the key historical, Constitutional, and Biblical concepts relevant for understanding and defending religious liberty in today's legal, political, and public policy contexts.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify religious liberty.
  2. Explain the elements of religious liberty.
  3. Identify key public policies, legal issues and trends that are related to religious liberty.
  4. Articulate recommendations for policy improvements or changes which affect religious liberty.
  5. Identify future legal challenges and issues that may affect religious liberty.

Course Assignment

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a main thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each main thread must be at least 450-500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 other classmate's threads. Each reply must be at least 200-250 words. 

Case Analysis Assignments (3)

Case Analysis Assignments are opportunities to engage deeply with a specific topic or writing, based upon the prompt. Each student is required to conduct a robust analysis, demonstrating their critical thinking on the chosen topic. Each analysis assignment should be 3-5 pages and in APA format.

Research Paper Assignment

The Research Paper Assignment serves as the capstone assignment for the class. Students will choose one of several topics and provide an 8-10 page analysis on that topic. The paper should be a focused, critical application of the principles discussed in the course.