Advanced Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers in Theory and Practice (2 credits)

This course will offer in-depth discussion of the separation of powers, focusing especially on executive and legislative powers. We will first explore the theoretical underpinnings of the separation-of-powers as explained by the Founders and other Enlightenment thinkers. We will then explore how the separation of powers plays out in practice, using historical and recent examples both from the federal and Florida governments. We will examine a variety of cases and disputes, focusing not only on court decisions but also on how officials and lawyers in the legislative and executive branches have handled—or should have handled—those controversies. The course may feature guest speakers who have been at the center of some of these controversies.  Prerequisite: Constitutional Law I