This course introduces students to the manner in which the judiciary, the legislature, and the executive shape public policy in the U.S. Since the adoption of the Constitution, the powers and limitations of each branch of government to shape policy has evolved as new challenges arise and each branch seeks to assert its influence on how the nation responds. The course uses current public policy debates such as legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act and aspects of the War on Terror as well as historical examples to explore the evolution of power for the three branches of government and the manner in which legal issues shape policy development and implementation. Readings will include books, articles, and excerpts from court cases.
|Spring 2014||Jeffrey Metzler||Syllabus|