This course is an introduction to United States Constitutional history, theory, and practice. The course will address the history of the United States Constitution, the governmental structure that the Constitution creates, and the individual rights that it protects. In addition, the course will address the major approaches to interpreting the Constitution. Finally, the course will consider the history, theory and practice of litigating and adjudicating selected substantive rights provided by Constitutional Amendments.
The use of classroom time will vary, depending on the learning objectives. For example, lectures may be used to introduce new topics, summarize text materials, or for you to discuss your own discoveries from the text and your reflections upon the course materials.
Discussion is paramount in this course. We will discuss a number of "hot topics" about our society. As such, please note that you are entering into a covenant with all participants to be respectful in your engagement with opinions and ideas. You should not use derogatory terms to address any of the issues. Please be courteous in your discussion as well as encouraging the participation of others so there is time for all to share.