Course Description

450.726 - The Supreme Court and the Constitution

Does the Constitution still work? Should it be amended or rewritten? Can a sitting president be charged with a crime? How can a president be impeached? What are the limits of executive power? Answering these, and many other similar and very current, questions, form the backdrop for this course on the American Constitution–its origins, growth and development, and its role in the governance of our nation. We will examine the main doctrines of constitutional law and the Bill of Rights–some settled, others still (and perhaps always) contested. And we will examine how the Supreme Court is constituted, how it decides cases, and the impact of its decisions.