PSCI 216 Fall 2012 American Constitutionalism I: Structures of Power

This course addresses the legal and political structure established by the United States Constitution and evolved over the course of American history, with emphasis on two themes: the respective powers of, and interaction among, the federal government's three branches; and the intersections, boundaries, and clashes between the federal government and the states. Some of the specific disputes covered will include court-stripping, impeachment, war powers, and the scopes of the commerce clause and Tenth Amendment. As these matters sometimes implicate debates about issues such as racial equality, privacy, and freedom of speech, we will occasionally touch on individual rights as well, but that will be covered far more extensively in American Constitutionalism II: Rights and Liberties.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: three 5- to 7-page essays, a final exam, and class participation
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Political Science majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: ENVP Political Theory + Law Electives,ENVP Political Economy Electives,JLST Enactment/Applications in Institutions,POEC U.S. Political Economy + Public Policy Course,PSCI American Politics Courses
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 1669
PSCI216-01(F) LEC Constitutionalism I:Structures Division 2: Social Studies Alan Hirsch
MWF 11:00 AM-12:15 PM Greylock C 1669
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