PSCI 216
American Constitutionalism I: Structures of Power Fall 2012
Division II
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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.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 1669
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: three 5- to 7-page essays, a final exam, and class participation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Political Science majors
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: POEC U.S. Political Economy + Public Policy Course
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