Constitutional Law – JURI 520

CG • Section • 12/17/2019 to 05/25/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An analysis of the basic principles of constitutional law, including the nature of a written constitution, the covenantal framework of the U.S. Constitution, the Marshall legacy and judicial review, theories of interpretation, and principles of interpretivism. Emphasis is given to the distribution of governmental powers in the federal system; separation of powers; the federal commerce, taxing, and foreign affairs powers; intergovernmental relations; due process; and equal protection.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

The purpose of Constitutional Law is to introduce students to the fundamental principles of our constitutional republic by focusing on the text of the United States Constitution, the major Supreme Court decisions interpreting and applying it, as well as the biblical foundations that support it. Constitutional law issues appear throughout many areas of the law. A true understanding of our legal system requires that lawyers and students understand the basic principles and doctrines of constitutional law.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the nature of the United States Constitution as a covenantal document.
  2. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the principles of interpretation of the United States Constitution.
  3. Demonstrate a basic understanding of the structure of the federal government.
  4. Analyze whether an action by the federal government constitutes a proper exercise of federal power.

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 (2)

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 300–600 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 200–400 words. Any source used to support your assertions must be cited in current Bluebook format.

Essays (2)

The student will write a 3–5-page research-based paper in current Bluebook format that focuses on a topic selected by the instructor for that module/week. The paper must include at least 3 scholarly sources in addition to the course textbook and the Bible.

Quiz

This quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the first module/week. It will be open-book/open-notes, contain approximately 15 multiple-choice and short answer questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.

Tests (3)

Each test will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. Each test will be open-book/open-notes, contain 30 multiple-choice, true/false, and short answer questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.