Three Branches of Government: The U.S. Constitution
This is a nine-session course that will focus on the concepts and implications behind the United States Constitution and how it laid the foundation for three separate but equal branches of government. Students will examine the Constitution closely and explore the history behind the document. They will learn about how the various articles in the document and why they have important ramifications on our state and federal governments.
The formation of our government came out of the revolution against Britain. The U.S. Constitution was written to create a unified system of equal states while balancing various issues through debate and compromise. Students will discuss answers to the following questions: What does the Constitution say about creating government? Why does the Constitution allow for changes to be made? How do changes get proposed, and what process do they take? What are the intentions of the Bill of Rights? Students will review cases in which the Constitution and the amendments were challenged and how those challenges affected the law.
Live Classes: Thursdays, 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, from June 4th to July 30th
Materials: All reading materials will be available on the internet.