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GOVT-226 The Constitution, Presidential Power, and the War on Terror (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

This course uses lessons from the U.S. historical record to inform consideration of the tension between government power and individual rights in the twenty-first century and especially since September 11, 2001. The course begins with case studies of expanded U.S. government power during times of crisis, including the Civil War, World Wars I and II, the Cold War, and the Nixon presidency. The course then focuses on the ways in which executive power expanded during the War on Terrorism and on the question of whether new presidential administrations will change course, or might be required to change course. Usually offered every term.