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Constitutional Law I: Balance of Powers

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S. Engel

Course Long Title

Constitutional Law I: Balance of Powers


This course investigates the development of constitutional law in the United States, with focus on governmental structure - popular sovereignty, separation of powers, and federalism - and some basic and contested techniques of constitutional interpretation. Topics include the powers of the legislative branch, the presidency, and the judiciary; the development of judicial review; the relationship among the three federal branches; the balance of powers between the federal government and state governments; and government regulation of citizens' economic rights. Prerequisite(s): Any PLTC 100 level course.

Modes of Inquiry

Analysis and Critique [AC], Historical and Social Inquiry [HS]

Writing Credit

No writing credit

Departmental Course Attributes - Major/Minor Requirements

(PLTC: Institutional Politics), (PLTC: Phil., Lit., Legal St.)

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Class Restriction

Exclude First Years