PSCI 4200 – Constitutional Law
  Spring 2009
T/TH, 11am - 12:15pm, 2212 Dunbar Hall
Professor Mark S. Hurwitz
Department of Political Science
Western Michigan University
  3434 Friedmann Hall
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Phone: 269.387.5372
Fax: 269.387.5354
Email: mark dot hurwitz at wmich dot edu
Office Hours:
Tuesday, 12:30 - 3pm;
Thursday, 8 - 9:30am

U.S. Constitution

Overview and Objectives of PSCI 4200 – Constitutional Law
This course focuses on constitutional law concerning the structure of governmental institutions and their powers, from both a legal and nonlegal perspective.  We will utilize a case book approach commonly used in a constitutional law class in law school, although we will make use of additional readings as well.  In addition to learning about constitutional law in general, this approach is designed to expose students to judicial cases in order to understand the legal analyses employed by the Supreme Court within different political contexts.

Course Syllabus:

The Course Syllabus contains all details on class procedure, policies, assignments, requirements, exams and grading, along with links to important sites for this class. It is imperative that the student know and understand all that is contained in the Syllabus.

Important Dates:
Exam #1: Thursday, February 12 (during class)
Exam #2: Thursday, March 19 (during class)
Exam #3:  Wednesday, April 22, 10:15am - 12:15pm (during finals week)

Classes Canceled:
January 8 – Professor attending Southern Political Science Association Conference
March 2-6  – Spring Break

Announcements and Updates:

March 17, 2009
Exam #2 takes place on Thursday, March 19 (during class).  The review sheet is posted below.

February 5, 2009

Exam #1 takes place on Thursday, February 12 (during class).  The review sheet is posted below.

January 15, 2009
Case brief assignments have been made and have been sent to students' email accounts.  The password for library course reserve materials also has been sent to students' email accounts.

January 6, 2009
First day of class for spring 2009 semester.
Hope you had a break.

Review Sheets for Exams:

   Review Sheet for Exam #1
   Review Sheet for Exam #2
   Review Sheet for Exam #3

Useful Links :
Contains a number of links related to the subject matter of this course.

Supreme Court Building

Copyright 2000-08, Professor Mark S. Hurwitz, All Rights Reserved (Title 17, U.S. Code)