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English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified)

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Welcome - Let's Get Started

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2 videos (Total 15 min), 3 readings
2 videos
Course Introduction2m
3 readings
Welcome Message10m
Course Overview10m
The Constitution of the United States of America10m
4 hours to complete

Lecture 1 - Why the Constitution?

In this module, we'll examine two facets of the critical question, "Why the Constitution?" First we'll answer the question, "what functions does the Constitution perform?" We'll then consider the question, "why achieve these functions in the form of a written Constitution?"

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5 videos (Total 73 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
5 videos
Creating a Federal Government14m
Allocating Power16m
The Bill of Rights19m
Why a Written Constitution?10m
1 reading
Recommended Readings10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 1: Why the Constitution?20m
Week
2
4 hours to complete

Lecture 2 - The Federal Judicial Power

What is the authority of judicial review? Why is it important? If the federal judiciary can declare a statute or action unconstitutional, what checks are there on this power? These are several of the questions we will endeavor to answer in this module.

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7 videos (Total 112 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
7 videos
Marbury v. Madison - Part 116m
Marbury v. Madison - Part 212m
Constitutional Limits on the Judiciary - Part 117m
Constitutional Limits on the Judiciary - Part 214m
Interpretive Limits on the Judiciary16m
Statutory and Political Limits on the Judiciary16m
1 reading
Recommended Readings10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 2: The Federal Judicial Power18m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Lecture 3 - The Federal Legislative Power

In this module we will consider three major questions: 1.How did McCullough vs. Maryland shape the power of the legislature? 2. What are the major powers of the Congress under the Constitution? 3. To what extent do states limit the power of the Congress?

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8 videos (Total 130 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
8 videos
The Commerce Clause - Part 114m
The Commerce Clause - Part 217m
The Commerce Clause - Part 320m
The Tax and Spend Power of Congress11m
The Post Civil War Amendments - Part 117m
The Post Civil War Amendments - Part 216m
State Limits on Federal Legislative Power15m
1 reading
Recommended Reading10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 3: The Federal Legislative Power18m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Lecture 4 - The Federal Executive Power

The central questions in this module are: 1. When can a president act without express Constitutional or Congressional authority? 2. What are the Constitutional problems posed by the federal administrative agencies? 3. What is the authority of the President with regard to foreign policy?

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5 videos (Total 69 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
5 videos
When Can a President Act? - Part 215m
Administrative Agencies13m
Foreign Policy - Part 115m
Foreign Policy - Part 27m
1 reading
Recommended Readings10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 4: The Federal Executive Power14m
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Top reviews from Chemerinsky on Constitutional Law - The Structure of Government

By BPSep 20th 2018

See my notes from part 2 of this course. Excellent course from a very experienced attorney and professor.

By HKJan 25th 2017

This course was extremely interesting and well presented. I fully intend to take Part 2 of the course.

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Erwin Chemerinsky

Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law
School of Law

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