Spring 2014
5488 Constitutional Law - TURNER- 12678

Professor(s): Ronald Turner (FACULTY)

Credits: 4

Course Areas: 1st Year - Section A 

Time: 10:30a-12:00p  TWTHLocation: TUII- 211 

Course Outline: This introductory course will cover the text of the United States Constitution, the power of judicial review over federal and state legislation, and the scope of (and limitations on) the federal government’s power via sources such as commerce, spending, taxing, war and enforcement sections of the post Civil War amendments. It will cover constitutional constraints on the allocation of federal power amongst the executive, legislative and judicial branches. Individual rights guaranteed by the Constitution will also be addressed, including rights to free speech and religious freedom under the first amendment, as well as rights such as due process and equal protection created or incorporated by the 14th amendment. The course will also briefly consider the treatment of Indians, immigrants and territories under the Constitution.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes:   

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First Day Assignments: 1/14: Read the Constitution and consider the following:
What purposes does the Constitution serve?
Is the Constitution dead or alive? Constitutional decisionmaking and ordinary politics.
Interpreting and applying the Constitution.

1/15: In Sullivan & Feldman casebook: pp. 1-34

1/16: Pp. 34-54

Final Exam Schedule: 05/06 1-5pm  240 BLB  213 BLB  

This course will have:
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Satisfies Skills Course Requirement: No
Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No