A study of the doctrine of separation of powers in American constitutionalism. By analyzing specific confrontations over domestic and foreign policy issues, the student will gain a deeper understanding of the manner in which judicial, executive, and legislative forces interact to shape constitutional law. Includes analysis of appointment and removal powers, delegated powers, legislative veto, line item veto, independent commissions, independent counsel, executive privilege, congressional investigations, foreign affairs, war powers, and congressional power over federal courts. The grade will be based on written papers.
Req. QP: This course requires a qualifying course paper that fulfills one half of the upper level writing requirement. Refer to Academic Rule X: Writing Requirement and Directed Research.
Upper-level course for: