Political Science | American Constitutional Law I
Y304 | 27848 | Braman

	The Constitution and the decisions of Supreme Court justices
who interpret it define the contours of government power in the
United States.  The precise scope and nature of that power, however,
is not always clear.  Legitimate questions arise about whether
particular governmental entities have the authority to undertake
specific actions.  Moreover, conflicts often arise between the three
branches and between national and state governments concerning
appropriate balance of power among different governing bodies. In
this course we will examine the constitutional powers of our national
institutions: the judicial, legislative, and executive branches.  We
will also look at how our constitutional structure limits state and
national government actors.  Finally, we will consider how some of
the specific tools the United States government has to address
national problems including the commerce power, have evolved over
time through Supreme Court decision making.  Y304 is NOT A
PREREQUSITE required to enroll in Y305 (Constitutional Law II).