Examine the nature, scope and history of the U.S. government as it is embodied in its Constitution. Track the history of Supreme Court decisions to understand the constitutional limits and the extent of federal power as developed since 1787. Study judicial review, federalism, commerce and taxation, the contract clause, due process, equal protection and civil liberties.
Students will receive an overview of the Presidency, Congress and the Supreme Court. Discuss the political process and the ideas that inform, modify and alter the U.S. political system.
Investigate the major issues and concepts that have informed world politics since 1945. Study U.S. foreign policy and the domestic political culture in light of World War II, the Shoah, Vietnam, and the development of international organization and international law.
The American Presidency is often described as “the most powerful political office in the world.” Study it – and the men who have occupied the position – more closely. The historical focus will be on the emergence of the Modern Presidency during the twentieth century.
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