NEW! The Court and the Constitution – Foundations

The Court and the Constitution – Foundations
6 sessions, 12 hours

Why and how was the US Supreme Court created in the 1787 constitutional convention? In this course, we’ll follow the growth of the court’s power through judicial review and other implied powers of the US Constitution. What role does Congress and/or the US President play in restricting the court? We’ll address characteristics, background, and major cases of the court and their impact under 4 chief justices: John Jay, Oliver Ellsworth, John Marshall, and Roger Taney. As we cover the history, we’ll also address these questions: What is “original meaning”? “Does the court always go by precedent to decide cases? Or does it engage in “activism”? The Constitution contains the “Bill of Rights” or the first 10 amendments. We’ll discuss their myths and realities, particularly in regards to their application by the 14th Amendment.

Instructor: Colonial historian Roger G. Swartz, M.A.Ed. and M.P.A, received national acclaim for his two books covering the frontiers of the American Revolution. In 2004 he was chosen to be the educational coordinator for the 13-day bus tour sponsored by then National Elderhostel program for the 250th-anniversary commemoration of the French & Indian War, 1754 – 1763. Roger is also principal of R.G. Swartz & Associates, an organization providing educational and consultancy services; and author of 4 books. He has been involved in Federal Court, including decisions finalized by the US Supreme Court, during his work over 8 yrs in public administration.

ILR828 The Court and the Constitution – Foundations
4-Digit Number: 5634
Mondays, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., 9/11/17 – 10/16/17
Location: Conference Center (E Building) /E123
Tuition: $40 Fee: $89 Total: $129
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only.

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