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Nevada And U.S. Constitution

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This course is a study of the history and development of the Nevada and U.S. Constitutions, particularly during the 20th century. The historical, political, economic, and social foundations upon which the U.S. Constitution was built and the philosophies of the proponents and opponents of its adoption are analyzed. Selected provisions of the Nevada Constitution and, in particular, Article 1 of the Declaration of Rights are also analyzed.

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Course details:

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

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    U.S. Constitution â Philosophical Roots and Development

    • Identify the major components of the culture of American politics.
    • Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation.
    • Explain the role of limited government and self-government principles.
    • Summarize the historical and current views of federalism in the United States.

    U.S. Constitution â Introduction to Institutions and Civil Liberties

    • Differentiate the major functions and responsibilities of the three branches of government distinguished in the Constitution.
    • Evaluate the effects of the Bill of Rights in society.
    • Describe the effects of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968 on the African American struggle for equality.

    U.S. Constitutional Challenges â Courts and Civil Liberties

    • Evaluate court decisions and protections regarding freedom of speech and freedom of press.
    • Assess the current views of the First Amendment provision regarding religion.
    • Describe the evolution of the right of privacy in the Constitution to Supreme Court decisions.
    • Evaluate the rights provided to persons accused of crimes.

    Nevada History â The Formative Period

    • Compare the government of Nevada to other states’ governments on important issues.
    • Identify factors that delayed the establishment of the Nevada territory.
    • Explain the role of the mining industry in the adoption of the 1864 Nevada Constitution.
    • Explore the development of civil liberties and Nevada politics.

    Nevada Government â Structure and Political Actions

    • Identify the roles of federal and state governments in western U.S. water policy.
    • Explain how the Nevada Constitution and state court decisions impact Nevada land ownership and use.
    • Analyze political, social, and economic issues affecting the future of Nevada.
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