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American Constitutional Law

Course Number: POL 339
Credits: 4
Offered: Fall Semester, even years
Instructor: Dr. Ryden

Overview:

This course is a topical and developmental survey of the principles of the U.S. Constitution. The primary focus of the course is on the development of civil rights and liberties jurisprudence – religion, speech, press, due process and privacy rights, equal protection under the law, rights of the accused and more. The course also examines structural questions of constitutionalism – separation of powers, assertions of executive authority, limits on federal power, federalism – with a particular focus on contemporary controversies and applications.