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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Spring 2004

GOV 379S • The Presidency in the Constitutional Order - HON - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35275 M
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
BUR 436A

Course Description

Restricted enrollment; contact department for permission to register for this course. Course number may be repeated for credit when topics vary. Contains a substantial writing component and fulfills part of the basic education requirement in writing. An honors seminar on the place of the Presidency in the American constitutional order. Topics will include: the constitutional design of the office; problems of presidential selection (including Bush v. Gore); separation of powers issues (executive privilege, budgetary powers, Court appointments); emergency powers issues and the war on terrorism; independent counsels; impeachment and succession; statesmanship and the Constitution.

Grading Policy

One analytic essay One in-class exam One term paper Active participation in seminar


Tentative List: Nelson, Presidency and the Political System Lord, The Modern Prince Tulis, The Rhetorical Presidency A substantial packet of articles and primary sources


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