Fall 2012

The American Constitution I: The Structure of Rights

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-241

Formerly listed as: POSC-41

Moodle site: Course

Faculty

Hadley P. Arkes (Section 01)

Description

[LP, AP] [IL - starting with the Class of 2015] This course will focus on the questions arising from the relations of the three main institutions that define the structure of the national government under the Constitution. We will begin, at all times, with cases, but the cases will draw us back to the “first principles” of constitutional government, and to the logic that was built into the American Constitution. The topics will include: the standing of the President and Congress as interpreters of the Constitution; the authority of the Congress to counter the judgments--and alter the jurisdiction--of the federal courts on matters such as abortion and busing; the logic of “rights” and the regulation of “speech” (including such “symbolic expression” as the burning of crosses); and the original warning of the Federalists about the effect of the Bill of Rights in narrowing the range of our rights.

Fall semester. Professor Arkes.

Cost: 14.00 ?

Offerings

2013-14: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2010, Fall 2012, Fall 2014
 

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