Comparative Federalism

Course Description: 

This course will provide an overview of key concepts and problems of federal arrangements under national constitutions. The premise of the course is that as much as federalism is seen as a solution to a range of practical problems (from ethnic diversity to inequality) a federal arrangement may also result in unforeseen tensions and conflicts. The course explores federalism as a dynamic aspect of constitutional government: instead of focusing on particular models, we will look at how these models transformed over time through use, and misuse.


Learning Outcomes: 

1.     Ability to thinking critically at an intermediate level

2.     Ability to draw on substantial knowledge of constitutional law for critical reasoning on related problems – intermediate level

3.     Ability to demonstrate substantial knowledge of constitutional law (comparative federalism) in select jurisdictions – intermediate level

4.     Ability to actively benefit from a substantial knowledge of constitutional law (comparative federalism) in select jurisdictions via a comparative perspective – intermediate level, applied skills

5.     Ability to use cases and precedents in legal reasoning – intermediate level

6.     Ability to fuse legal and policy arguments – intermediate level.

  • Class participation: 10 per cent
  • In class presentation: 10 per cent (Classes 2 - 6)
  • In class group exercise: 20 per cent (Class 7)
  • Written assignments: 60 per cent (3 papers, between Classes 2-6)
  • There will be no final exam at the end of the course.