his301 | undergraduate
United States Constitution
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Historical and Philosophical Roots of the U.S. Constitution
- Describe how and why the Founders created a system based on Federalism.
- 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.
- Discuss the debates between the Federalists and the anti-Federalists regarding the ratification of the Constitution
The Three Branches of Government
- Differentiate the powers granted to the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the federal 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 statesâ rights historically and currently.
The Bill of Rights and Later Amendments
- Identify changes in society and problems with the original Constitution that motivated amendments.
- Evaluate the effect of the amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights on American society.
- Analyze the effect of later constitutional amendments.
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.
Reflecting on the Constitution
- Evaluate current issues for constitutional revision.
- Predict the topic of the next constitutional amendment.
- Summarize the major differences between the federal constitution and your home stateâs constitution.
- Analyze how differing interpretations of the Constitution are a source of ongoing political disputes in todayâs society.
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