Constitutional Government and Free Enterprise – GOVT 200

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Diverse introduction to political and economic ideas, government institutions, free market processes, public issues, economic policy and political and economic activity, emphasizing the close relationship between a system of limited constitutional government and the free enterprise economy and providing an overview of the Christian worldview with regard to government and economics.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Government and Business majors, as well as others, need a philosophical foundation for the general concept of limited government and free enterprise economics. This course provides a foundation for students to understand that limited government and free workers are successful. From an ethical point of view, limited government and free workers are superior to other processes; historically, they are the property of western Christian civilization.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the concept and application of limited government.
  2. List the major specific provisions of the U.S. Constitution in its context as a limiting device.
  3. Discuss the ethics and workings of free market processes.
  4. Analyze the moral arguments against capitalism.
  5. Examine the American Constitutional Order and system as well as contemporary political and economic problems.
  6. Apply the historical biblical Christian worldview while practicing the politics of grace.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion Boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 1other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150 words.

Worldview Analysis Essay

The student will write a 2–3-page paper in current APA format analyzing the impact of process philosophy on government policy and/or society. The student must include at least 2 references which may include the textbook, scholarly resources, and provided readings. The student should adhere to the format specified in the Course Style Guidelines document.

Comparison Paper

The student will write a 2-3-page paper comparing and contrasting the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution as well as researching Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptist and its importance in today’s society. Once you have read these founding documents and Jefferson's Letter to the Danbury Baptists, answer the question, "What do you think the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution thought about the separation of Church and State or about the separation of God from government?" [Note: these are not the same thing.] The student must incorporate a biblical worldview in the paper and the concepts from the readings in the Martin textbook. The student should use the Course Style Guidelines document for the correct formatting.

George Washington Farewell Address (GWFA) Research Paper

The student will write a 3-page analysis of the major points of George Washington’s “Farewell Address.” If sources are used, they must be properly cited. The student should adhere to the format specified in the Course Style Guidelines document.

Economics Analysis Paper

The student will write a 2–3-page paper discussing government regulation of business and the economy in light of foundational economic principles. The student must include at least 2 references which may include the textbook, scholarly resources, and provided readings. The student should adhere to the format specified in the Course Style Guidelines document.