Congressional Power and Presidential Authority

From the beginning of the republic to the present day presidents and congressional leaders have contended over which branch really is in charge. Relations between the branches are frequently tense, and no period of American history has been without its conflicts between the branches. This course examines the nature of the relationship from its constitutional origins in the separation of powers to today, and then concentrates on the principal areas of contention as created by statute and practice.

Specific topics may include:

  • The doctrine of separated powers
  • The growth of presidential power
  •  Treaties and executive agreements
  • Oversight
  • Legislative powers and delegated powers
  • The power of the purse
  • Executive privilege and power over information

Research Seminars meet approximately four times for two hours, over the course of 12 weeks. The first meeting date is published, with the others determined at the first class.

Download the Certificate Program Application (PDF) and review the Application Procedures.


Upcoming Dates: 

April 29, 2020 (first class meeting)

Tuition: $1,250




Next Course: April 29, 2020 (first class meeting)