syllabus - PS 145B: Public Law and Judicial Process...

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PS 145B: Public Law and Judicial Process Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers Spring 2008 Professor Mary McThomas mcthomas@ucla.edu Office: Bunche 4258 Office Hours: Wednesdays and Fridays 12:00 – 1:00 and by appointment In this class, we will explore constitutional questions regarding the separation of powers. The course is divided into three parts. In the first part, we will examine the division of powers among the three branches of the federal government. We will look at some of the conflicts between and among the branches and the constitutional questions that arise as a result. In the second part of the class, we will study the separation of powers between the national government and the states and explore issues of dual sovereignty within U.S. federalism. In the final section we will look at private versus public power; specifically how private property and civil liberties create another form of power that complicates federalism and adds a layer of complexity to the institutional understanding of the separation of powers. Be forewarned, much of the reading for the course consists of court cases. You will be expected to read cases, identify the types of arguments used, and evaluate the decisions
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