Three Branches of Government: The U.S. Constitution (Ages 13 & up)
This course will examine the United States Constitution and explore the history behind the document. Students will learn about 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 examine the many debates that took place during the signing period, and they will discuss answers to the following questions: What does the Constitution say about creating a balanced government? What were the founder’s fears regarding an unbalanced government? Why does the Constitution allow for amendments to be made? The course will continue through history and will investigate periods during which the Constitution was challenged or amended. Students will review Supreme Court cases to understand the importance of judicial review. They will investigate questions about future amendments and the need for compromise. By the end of the course, they will have an understanding of how the federal government works and why it is important to the world in which we live.
Live Classes: Fridays, 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, from August 21st to December 18th
Materials: All reading materials will be available on the internet.