An introduction to one of the fascinating areas of American jurisprudence, Constitutional Law examines the U.S. Supreme Court and its evolving interpretations of the U.S. Constitution. The course begins with background on the Court and its relationship to the legislative and executive branches.
A historical overview examines the origins of the Constitution, the rise of judicial power, the Constitutional crises of the 1930s, the Court’s civil rights decisions and its recent moves to scale back the activism of the post-New Deal era. While reading landmark cases, students will examine the role of the law within the American political system.
Sample reading list:
American Constitutional Law: Introductory Essays and Selected Cases (16th Edition)