Constitutional Law: Structure

Course Description

Have you ever thought that you should know more about the Constitution than you do? Do you understand key debates in Constitutional Law...debates over the unitary executive, whether the state or the federal government gets to decide, what is and is not permitted under the Commerce Clause, separation of powers, judicial review...and others? What relationship does the Structural Constitution have, if any, to our rights guarantees? Why does the structural Constitutional matter? 

If you want to learn more, you’re in the right place.

“If men were angels, no government would be necessary … In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.” 

-Federalist No. 51

This course the No. 86 video project focuses on the formation and core tenets of the Structural Constitution.

Modules in the course include:

Philadelphia in 1787, when and where our Constitution was drafted, serves as the inspiration for the animated world in these videos. We add a modern twist, though, "bringing the old into the new.” Our aesthetic approach is analogous to the restoration of a historic home, where outdated decorations make way for something that is clean and appealing to the modern aesthetic, but that preserves the beauty of the historic details. 

About this Course

Total run time:

4h 36m


Constitutional Law: Structure

Total videos:



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Frequently Asked Questions

The material is designed for anyone who desires to better understand the Structural Constitution - in particular, first and second year law students.
The content tells the story of why and how the Structural Constitution an innovation in legal and political theory - an innovation that plays an indispensable role in protecting freedom. The material focuses on the role Structure plays in protecting rights - in part to counteract an overemphasis in Constitutional Law on rights protection from the Amendments. The Structure is the overlooked, the critical means provided by the Founding Fathers.
Our speakers have a range of perspectives and expertise that they bring to bear on topics in the Structural Constitution. All views presented belong to the speakers, and don’t represent any kind of “official” view.
Material in this course provides an overview of the core principles of the Structural Constitution, exploring debates about the scope of federal power from the Founding Era to present day. We explore differences among our Founding Fathers, who themselves did not agree about many critical questions of federal power.
Watch short, digestible videos - on a Module page, on Youtube, or delivered to you in your email inbox!
A course is a full academic subject, and a module is a subsection of a course. Modules are composed of individual videos on related subjects.
This material is designed as a supplement to classroom learning. No credit is offered.
All material is 100% free!