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

Fall 2005

GOV 379S • Presidency and Constitutional Order-Honors

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37895 M
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
BUR 228

Course Description

RESTRICTED ENROLLMENT; CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT FOR PERMISSION TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE. Upper-division standing required. Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary. 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


Weissman, A Culture of Deference. Fisher, Congressional Abdication on War and Spending. Black, Impeachment: A Handbook. Cronin, Inventing the Presidency. Edwards and Davies, eds., New Challenges for the American Presidency. Tulis, Rhetorical Presidency. Hamilton, The Federalist Papers. Nelson, The Presidency and the Political System. Mayer, With the Stroke of a Pen.


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