his301 | undergraduate

United States Constitution

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This course is a five-week introduction to the historical, political, philosophical, and economic roots of the U.S. Constitution. It first reviews the philosophical arguments of the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists, those who supported and opposed ratification of the Constitution. The course then examines milestone Supreme Court decisions and their evolving interpretations of the Constitution. This course focuses on the first 10 amendments of the Constitution known as the Bill of Rights as well as later amendments and the issues of slavery and civil rights as seen through major court decisions.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5 weeks

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    The Bill of Rights and Later Amendments

    • Evaluate the effect of the amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights on American society.
    • Identify changes in society and problems with the original Constitution that motivated amendments.
    • Analyze the effect of later constitutional amendments

    Reflecting on the Constitution

    • Predict the topic of the next constitutional amendment.
    • Evaluate current issues for constitutional revision.

    Historical and Philosophical Roots of the U.S. Constitution

    • Identify the influence that earlier governing documents had on the development of the Constitution of the United States.
    • Compare the different philosophies on governmental structure as related to the social compact.

    The Three Branches of Government

    • Identify the reasons for and the realities of interaction between the three branches of the U.S. government created by the Constitution.
    • Describe the conflict between supporters of a strong federal government and champions of states’ rights historically and currently.

    Citizen Rights and Responsibilities

    • Identify significant Supreme Court decisions on First Amendment rights.
    • Analyze the current status of First Amendment rights as applied to individuals and society.
    • Assess the current rights and responsibilities of a citizen of the United States, including the right of privacy

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