Summer 2023 Political Science S3228 section 001



Call Number 10570
Day & Time
TR 1:00pm-4:10pm
306 Hamilton Hall
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Luke S Macinnis
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description

This course is an introduction to American constitutional law. We examine key historical debates surrounding the constitution’s framing, ratification, and subsequent amendments, and study several major court decisions that have elaborated the constitution’s meaning over time. We will explore competing theories of how the constitution should be interpreted, how the constitution distributes and limits the power of different branches of government, and which fundamental political and civil rights the constitution guarantees (see the schedule of readings for specific topics). Students will regularly discuss, debate, and write about these issues.

A major learning goal of the course is to practice the skills needed to understand a legal argument and to articulate our own. Students will learn how to identify the different elements of a legal opinion, how to formulate a legal opinion, and how to conduct basic legal research.

Web Site Vergil
Subterm 05/22-06/30 (A)
Department Summer Session (SUMM)
Enrollment 12 students (30 max) as of 3:07PM Wednesday, July 17, 2024
Subject Political Science
Number S3228
Section 001
Division Summer Session
Campus Morningside
Section key 20232POLS3228S001