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GOVT 401 : American Constitutional Law

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College of Arts & Sciences (WARSC)
American Constitutional Law
This course is a study of the basics of the United States Constitution and the rights of the individual. Included is the study of the First Amendment freedoms of speech, press, assembly, association, and religion; the right to privacy; and Fourteenth Amendment equal protection. Constitutional law pertaining to the rights of the criminally accused and the duties and responsibilities of the officer to protect and respect such rights is also studied.

The purpose of this course is to provide students an understanding of American Constitutional Law that forms the context for a stable, free society able to change with the times while maximizing the rights of individuals to pursue their own happiness.

Alignment with departmental program outcomes is indicated in parentheses. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to do the following:

1. Apply the principles outlined in Articles I, II, and III of the U.S. Constitution to today's American Democratic System. (PO 14)

2. Contrast Constitutional rights of individuals with the goals of the government. (PO 14)

3. Distinguish differences in the ideas and purposes behind the Constitution, Bill of Rights, additional Amendments to the Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence. (PO 14)

4. Contrast between the three main branches of the government and define their basic roles and powers as outlined in the U.S. Constitution. (PO 3)

5. Describe the checks and balances between the three branches of the government provided in the Constitution and evaluate their effectiveness in contemporary politics of today. (PO 12)

6. Appraise select Supreme Court Decisions in interpreting the Constitution. (PO 12)

7. Ascertain and contrast the relationship of state and federal government. (PO 3)

8. Correlate the purpose and roles of various agencies against the three main branches of the government.

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
Input Grading Item100

Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Aaron S. Springer, J.D., LL.M - 3/31/2015
Tommy Walter, Ed.D. - 3/31/2015
Alan R. Bender, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Dr. James Schultz – 3/31/2015
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