Uop His 301- U.S. Constitution Class

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HIS/301 U.S. CONSTITUTION
Start Date: 03/06/2013
COURSE DESCRIPTION
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.

WEEK 1 - TOPIC 1: HISTORICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL ROOTS OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION Objectives
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.

Materials
Textbook used in this course: EBOOK COLLECTION: Patterson, T. E. (2009). The American democracy (9th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. Readings for Week One: EBOOK COLLECTION: Ch. 1 of The American Democracy EBOOK COLLECTION: Ch. 2 of The American Democracy EBOOK COLLECTION: Ch. 8 of The American Democracy EBOOK COLLECTION: Ch. 9 of The American Democracy Other Materials for Week One: WEB LINK: Week One Electronic Reserve Readings

Assessment
WEB LINK: Week One Individual Assignment Influences on The Constitution Table Please see the instructor-issued syllabus for further details on individual and Learning Team assignments.

WEEK 2 - TOPIC 1: THE THREE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT
Objectives
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.

Materials
Readings for Week Two: EBOOK COLLECTION: Ch. 3 of The American Democracy EBOOK COLLECTION: Ch. 11 of The American Democracy EBOOK COLLECTION: Ch. 12 of The American Democracy EBOOK COLLECTION: Ch. 14 of The American Democracy SIMULATIONS: How a Bill Becomes a Law Other Materials for Week Two: WEB LINK: Week Two Electronic Reserve Readings

Assessment
Please see the instructor-issued syllabus for further details on individual and Learning Team assignments.

WEEK 3 - TOPIC 1: THE BILL OF RIGHTS AND LATER AMENDMENTS
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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

Materials
Readings for Week Three: EBOOK COLLECTION: Article V of the Consititution in the Appendixes of The American Democracy EBOOK COLLECTION: Amendments I–XXVII to the Consititution in the Appendixes of The American Democracy Other Materials for Week Three: WEB LINK: Week Three Electronic Reserve Readings

Assessment
Please see the instructor-issued syllabus for further details on individual and Learning Team assignments.

WEEK 4 - TOPIC 1: CITIZEN RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Objectives
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

Materials
Readings for Week Four: EBOOK COLLECTION: Ch. 4 of The American Democracy EBOOK COLLECTION: Ch. 5 of The American Democracy Other Materials for Week Four WEB LINK: Week Four Electronic Reserve Readings

Assessment
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