At the end of the course, students will know:
The basic theory of the American federal system;
How the American federal system affects economic and commercial regulation;
How the American system affects the enforcement of civil rights and liberties;
How judicial opinions impact law enforcement in the United States;
How constitutional law has evolved in the United States
How the American federal system differs from the European confederation of states
Class I: Federalism and Congressional Power to Regulate Nationally
Class II: Federalism and State Power
Class III: Federalism, Citizenship, and Immigration
Class IV: Federalism and the Protection of Individual Liberties
See Syllabus in Study Materials for full details.
lecture, class discussion, readings
Students will be evaluated on their ability to analyze an opinion of the United States Supreme Court. The evaluation will be based on a three-page paper that the students will prepare discussing one of the assigned cases of the student’s choice or another topic that is approved by the instructor. Papers will be written in English and will be due three weeks after the conclusion of the class.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only v češtině)
The course is taught only once.
This course will examine the background for some of the issues currently being raised in the United States about federal and state powers. Federalism concerns have been present since the adoption of the Constitution. They take different forms with each generation. The American system of federalism is unique and differs significantly from the European concept of supra-nationalism.
Students should read the assigned cases in advance of class and be prepared to discuss them.