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This course will investigate the origins, structure and operation of the American Constitution. Students will focus on the following topic areas:
1. What view of nature and the role of government lies at the base of the American Constitution?;
2. How does the American Constitution attempt to implement these principles?;
3. What is its overall structure of the document and how does it work in practice?;
4. What is the origin and role of federalism? Judicial review?
By the conclusion of class, students should be conversant in both the theoretical underpinnings of the American Constitution and the way it operates on a day-to-day basis.
1. Natural Rights Theory
Locke, Second Treatise of Civil Government
2. Natural Rights Theory
The Declaration of Independence
3. Structuring Government
The Constitution of the United States of America
4. Federalism and The Separation of Powers
Hamilton, et al., The Federalist Nos. 10, 51
Marshall, McCulloch v. Maryland
5. Hamilton, et al.,
The Federalist, No. 78
Marshall, Marbury v. Maryland
Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address
See the Reading list in the Teacher’s Informaiton.
Although Professor Shapiro will present some of the information by way of lecture, much of each class period will be devoted to classroom discussion in which the students will be expected to share their own ideas regarding the critical questions. As a result, students will be expected to have done the assigned reading in advance of class.
The Assessment will be based on a short examination with multiple choice and/or short answer questions.
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