Political Science | American Constitutional Interpretation
Y304 | 20066 | Failer

This course explores the intersection of constitutional theory and
the politics of interpreting the American Constitution.  At its most
abstract, the course addresses two broad questions.  First, what
kind of a thing is a constitution?  Second, how -- if at all -- can
written constitutions shape and maintain polities?  To get at these
theoretical issues, we will move back and forth between
constitutional theory and three problems basic to the study of the
American constitutional enterprise: WHAT is the American
Constitution, WHO are its authoritative interpreters, and HOW should
we interpret the Constitution?  By moving back and forth between
constitutional theory and law, we will explore the nature of both
constitutions in general and the Constitution of the United States
in particular.