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PSC 314: Political Theory & Constitutional Law TimeTable for course-by-conference

Prof. Jeremy Lewis, Revised 20 June 2018 for summer C-by-C.
 

Week 1, with a page of notes on each reading, plus essay test 1

McCloskey, 1: The Genesis & Nature of Judicial Power
McCloskey, 2: The Establishment of the Right to Decide: 1789-1810 

McCloskey: 3: The Marshall Court and The Shaping of The Nation: 1810-1835 

McCloskey, 4: The Court Under Taney: The Natural History of Judicial Prestige

Nivola (ed), 36: Hamilton, Federalist 78 

Nivola (ed), 39: Marbury v Madison, (1803)

Week 2, with a page of notes on each reading, plus essay test 2
Nivola (ed), 35: Corwin, Higher Law in Amer Const Law

McCloskey, 5: Constitutional Evolution in The Gilded Age: 1865-1900

McCloskey, 6: The Judiciary and The Regulatory State: 1900-1937 

McCloskey, 7: The Modern Court & Postwar America: 1937-1959

McCloskey, 8: Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, & the Supreme Court ...
McCloskey, 9: Judicial Monitoring of Welfare State
Week 3, with a page of notes on each reading, plus essay test 2
O'Brien, 1: A Struggle for Power

O'Brien, 2: The Cult of the Robe

O'Brien, 3: Life in the Marble Temple 

O'Brien, 4: Deciding What to Decide

Nivola (ed), 37: Murphy, "Marshalling the Court"

O'Brien, 5: Deciding Cases & Writing Opinions

O'Brien, 6: The Court & American Life

Nivola (ed), 38: Shapiro, "Presidency & Federal Courts"

Week 4: Familiarization with the great political theories, with a page of notes on each reading
Explore Curtis's index, and enjoy both the editor's introductions and the excerpted readings.
From Curtis v.1, section I: The Ancient Greeks
Plato, The Republic, from the Socrates-Adeimantus dialogue 

From Curtis v.1, section I: The Ancient Greeks
Aristotle, The Politics
 

From Curtis v.1, section V: Mediaeval Life and Thought
St. Thomas Aquinas, life pp.177-8,; and Summa Theologica, works pp.196-210

From Curtis v.1, section VII: The Renaissance
Niccolo Machiavelli, life pp.215-217; works pp.219-229

From Curtis v.1, section VIII: Vico & Hume
David Hume, life pp.391-92; and works pp.397-411

From Curtis, V.1, section XI: Hobbes and Spinoza
Baruch Spinoza, life pp.328-9; and works pp.350-356 
[You should have read Hobbes, Locke and Paine in American or British government classes; if not, enjoy here.]

From Curtis v.2, section 1: Rousseau, Condorcet and Kant
Immanuel Kant, life pp.17-18; and works pp.40-47  

From Curtis v.2, section IV: Utilitarianism
Adam Smith, works pp.108-117 

Curtis v.2, section IX: Social Darwinism, History and Neo-Idealism
Herbert Spencer, life pp.254-5; and works pp.257-67 
Walter Bagehot, life pp.255-6 and works pp.267-72

Week 5
[You should have read Jean-Jacques Rousseau in 302; if not, enjoy here]

From Curtis v.2, section V: Early Socialism and Positivism 
Pierre Joseph Proudhon, life p.131 and works pp.133-140

From Curtis v.2, section VI: Marxism
Karl Marx, life pp.155-8; and works pp.158-80

From Curtis v.2, section XII: Anarchism, Democratic Socialism and Marxism
Vladimir Illyich Ulyanov, known as Vladimir Lenin, life p.350; and works pp.362-373
Lev Bronstein, known as Leon Trotsky, life p.350-1; and works, pp.373-9

From Curtis v.2, section XIV: Sociology, Psychology and Pluralism
John Rawls, life p.426; and works pp.457-67 

From Curtis v.2, section IV: Utilitarianism:
Jeremy Bentham, life p.105-8; and works pp.117-120 
James Mill, life p.105-8; and works pp.120-4 
John Stuart Mill, life p.105-8; and works pp.125-9

Final essay Exam on materials for weeks 4 and 5


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