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The Three Branches of Government: Do They Form a "More Perfect Union"?

The US Constitution established the American government with separation of powers and checks and balances among the three branches in order to prevent the accumulation of too much power in any branch. From the earliest days of the Republic to the present, there has been tension or outright conflict among the branches as one or the other either tries to expand or is forced to cede some of its authority. This course explores the history of those relationships and the ebbs and flows of power among the three branches of government and delves into how well the American experiment has worked—or hasn’t.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Knowledge of the roles of and dynamics between the three branches of government
  • Historical context for contemporary debate over questions of executive power, judicial overreach, and congressional authority

Ideal for

  • Anyone with an interest in legal, political, or US history
  • Those seeking to contextualize historical or contemporary political tensions
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