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George I Lovell
LSJ 360
Seattle Campus

Introduction to United States Constitutional Law

Growth and development of the United States Constitution as reflected in decisions of the Supreme Court; political, social, and economic effects. Offered: jointly with POL S 360.

Class description

Description: This course examines the constitutional foundations of the American political and legal systems. Participants will examine the political and legal processes that have shaped constitutional development from the founding to the present. The focus of the course is Supreme Court decisions on judicial review, state/federal relations, executive and legislative powers, separation of powers, and economic regulation. The course does not cover civil rights and civil liberties. Those topics are covered in POLS/LSJ 361.

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Class assignments and grading

Assignments: Classroom activity will be divided between lectures and general class discussion. Students will be expected to participate in collective critical analysis of cases and doctrines. Grades will be based on class participation, a short paper, and two in-class exams.

Grading. Exams: 80 % Papers: 10 % Class/quiz participation: 10 % TOTAL: 100 %


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by George I Lovell
Date: 09/24/2013