Separation of Powers

Credit Hours: 1

This course will introduce students to the separation of powers issues inherent in the American system of government.  The course will include an examination of the historical and pre-Constitutional understandings of the various functions, roles, and structures of government, including the philosophical underpinnings of the approaches considered by the Framers for the American constitutional system.  The course will look at the various approaches, both as a legal and policy matter, taken to the separation of powers, as well as judicial decisions addressing these matters.  The course will cover separation of powers issues related to a range of areas of law, including specifically national security and administrative law.