American Constitutional Law – GOVT 422

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

Course Description

An in-depth historical analysis of American constitutional law, emphasizing landmark Supreme Court decisions, especially in the field of civil liberties.

Prerequisites

GOVT 200, GOVT 346, and GOVT 421

Rationale

An understanding of Constitutional law through the lens of a Christian worldview is essential for anyone interested in pursuing a career in law or criminal justice.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Compare the power and restraint that the Constitution has delegated to each branch of the government.
  2. Distinguish the basic philosophies of Supreme Court Justices and how this affects their decision-making process.
  3. Evaluate the different approaches to interpreting the Constitution as utilized by the Supreme Court.
  4. Construct the Constitutional basis for government protection of civil rights and civil liberties.
  5. Distinguish Supreme Court cases as the cases relate to Constitutional Law.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

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 (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 350–450 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200–250 words. Each thread and reply must have a Christian worldview integrated throughout as well as at least 1 citation in current Bluebook format.

Case Studies (2)

The student will complete 2 Case Studies in this course. Each case study must be at least 3 pages and contain at least 2 citations in addition to the course textbook in current Bluebook format.

Final Paper

The student will write a 5–7-page paper in current Bluebook format that focuses on a Supreme Court decision provided by the instructor. The paper must include at least 5 citations in addition to the course textbook.

Exams (2)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 40 multiple-choice and true/false questions as well as 2 essay questions, and have a 2-hour time limit.