American Constitutional Law: The Federal System

This course examines the development of American constitutionalism through study of Supreme Court decisions. Every major topic but the bill of rights (see PSCI 0306) is covered. Using the Sullivan and Gunther Constitutional Law casebook, we begin with judicial review and then study the development of legal doctrines surrounding the commerce clause, the due process and equal protection clauses of the fourteenth amendment, and the separation of powers. Recent cases focus on affirmative action and federal protection of civil rights. Interpretive books and essays are considered, as time permits. A mock court exercise is anticipated. (Juniors and seniors with PSCI 0102 or PSCI 0104 or PSCI 0306) 3 hrs. lect./disc. (American Politics)/

1:30pm-2:20pm on Friday at MNR 317 (Sep 13, 2021 to Dec 13, 2021)
2:50pm-4:05pm on Monday, Wednesday at MNR 311 (Sep 13, 2021 to Dec 13, 2021)
Munroe Hall 317