Course Description: Emphasis on developing skills of legal analysis. Historical origins and general principles of constitutionalism. Prerequisite: POLS 021.
Section Description: This course examines one of the two major aspects of American constitutional law: the division of power in our political system. Government power is divided in the United States between the national and state governments in a practice known as federalism. Furthermore, the power within the national government is divided between the three branches of government (the legislative, executive, and judicial branches) through a practice known as separation of powers. The division of authority laid out in the U.S. Constitution has undergone massive interpretation and change throughout American history, making the issues we’ll be covering this semester both foundational and perennial. Debates over government powers predate the writing of the U.S. Constitution, and as well constitute some of the most hotly contested issues of today, such as the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act or the constitutionality of the dramatic increase in presidential power in recent decades. Who wields power and how that power is allowed to be exerted is a central concern to any society. That is why much of the U.S. Constitution focuses on government powers, and why this information is a necessity for any student of American government.
|MWF||13:10 - 14:00||OLD MILL 523|
Instructor(s): Lisa Marie Holmes
Meeting Dates: 13 Jan 2020 - 01 May 2020