Written constitutions ... form ...the fundamental and paramount
law of the nation.–John Marshall, Marbury v. Madison (1 Cranch 137, 1803) Courts are the mere instruments of the law, and can will nothing.
–John Marshall, Osborn v. the Bank (9Wheaton 738, 1824) It is ... the province and duty of the judicial department to say what the
law is. –John Marshall, Marbury v. Madison (1 Cranch 137, 1803) COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES: The learning objectives of this course include the following:
Students will be able to describe the history, role, and function of the federal judicial branch and of the United States Supreme Court in particular in the American political system.
Second, the student will be able to identify and describe major U. S. Supreme Court decisions on constitutional law.
The student will be able to prepare analytical (student) briefs summarizing major Court decisions.
The student will be able to describe both law interpretation and analysis.
The student will be able to describe the federal court policies and procedures.
Text: Epstein, Lee & Walker, Thomas G. (2014). Constitutional Law for a Changing
America; Institutional Powers and Restraints 8th edition. Washington: CQ Press. (ISBN 978-1-4522-2676-7). PLUSother readings as assigned. EXAMINATIONS AND GRADES: % of final grade
Midsemester exam 30
Final exam 30
Quizzes and other written work 20
Class attendance/participation 20
Attendance is essential to understanding the material, and student contribution add to the knowledge of us all. This is difficult reading–we really need you in class. Therefore, students should attend all classes and notify the instructor as soon as possible in case of absences. Attendance will be taken into grade calculation. UNIVERSITY POLICY ON DISABILITIES:
Students who think that they may require assistance for any type of physical or learning
disability should consult with me ASAP! To request academic accommodations for a disability, contact the PASS Office in the MESA Building, Room 1160, 432-552-2630. Students are required to provide documentation of disability to the PASS Office prior to receiving accommodations.