Constitutional Law: Structures of Power and Individual Rights

A group of demonstrators stands in front of the U.S. Supreme Court Building.

A demonstration in front of the U.S. Supreme Court Building on the day of oral arguments in the case Hollingsworth v. Perry. (Image courtesy of angela n. on Flickr. Available CC BY.)



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Spring 2013



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This course examines American constitutional law in historical and modern context. It focuses closely on the constitutional text and Supreme Court case law. It explores the allocation of decision-making authority among government institutions, including the distribution of power across the branches of the federal government and between the federal and state governments. The course also examines the guarantees of individual rights and liberties stemming from the due process, equal protection, and other clauses in the Bill of Rights and post Civil War amendments.


Professor Warshaw would like to acknowledge the training in Constitutional Law he received from Gary J. Jacobsohn, Kathleen Sullivan, and Norman Spaulding.



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Christopher Warshaw. 17.245 Constitutional Law: Structures of Power and Individual Rights. Spring 2013. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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