This course explores our nation’s founding charter and the seminal cases interpreting it. Using Supreme Court opinions as our guide, we will focus on the Constitution’s basic structure and design, investigating the principles of judicial review, federalism, and separation of powers. Topics covered will include a brief primer on the Supreme Court and the US legal system, the Supreme Court’s role in reviewing legislative enactments, the executive branch’s role in foreign affairs, the Commerce Clause and aspects of legislative power, and the Fourteenth Amendment’s equal protection and due process clauses. With the Supreme Court (and the nation) undergoing rapid and unpredictable changes, there is no better time to study the United States Constitution.
- Gain foundational knowledge of the Supreme Court and the US legal system
- Understand the Constitution’s basic structure and design and key principles of constitutional law
- Explore and understand seminal Supreme Court cases interpreting the Constitution