Religious Liberty and Public Policy

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Course Number: 
GAFL 583

Course Section:



  • Executive MPA

Course Type: 

  • Elective


  • Spring 2022

Course Format:

Hybrid (on-campus and online)
On-Campus Day(s): 
On-Campus Time(s): 

The course will consist of a combination of once-a-week live Zoom sessions on Monday evenings (5:15 - 6:15 p.m.) and four intensive Saturdays (1/15, 2/19, 3/19, 4/23) from 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

On-Campus Location:

Online Day(s): 
Online Time: 
5:15 - 6:15 p.m.
Course Description: 

Religious liberty issues permeate many public policy arenas including public health, women’s health, children’s rights vs. parental rights, land use, and equity issues based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and others. These can be sensitive and difficult—but fascinating—issues for those working to improve the larger public good through sound public policy. This course, which is taught by Prof. Marci Hamilton, who is one of the United States’ leading experts on religion and the law, will take students through the constitutional and statutory foundations, the areas of conflict, and the relevant current political science and legal theories.

This is a "hybrid" course, with synchronous, online meetings and once-monthly, on-campus meetings in Philadelphia, PA. Also, please note there is an additional $150 online course fee.

Fels Institute of Government

The Fels Institute of Government
3814 Walnut St. 
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(215) 898-7326