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U.S. Constitutional History & Law
US CONST HIS/L
CLASS CODE: HIST 380 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: LANGUAGE & LETTERS
DEPARTMENT: HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, POLITICAL SCIENCE
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Foundations of constitutionalism, the development of the federal system, the principles of judicial review, nationalism and sectionalism, commerce, due process, equal protection and civil rights.
DESCRIPTION: Foundations of constitutionalism, the development of the federal system, the principles of judicial review, nationalism and sectionalism, commerce, due process, equal protection and civil rights.
TOPICS: Republicanism and the ideological origins of the American Revolution and Constitution; Creating the Constitution; the early Republic and interpreting the Constitution; slavery; common law and civil law; commerce and law; reform and law; changes in family law; civil rights; gender and the law.
OBJECTIVES: To understand the historical origins and early history of the U.S. Constitution. Understand the historical role of the Supreme Court in interpreting the Constitution and shaping law. Explore the impact of commerce on law. Understand general patterns within the history of law. Explore the history of civil rights.
REQUIREMENTS: Students will be required to read a 1,000+ evaluated pages, write a 10 page paper, give an oral presentation using Power Point, and know the basic work of 25 significant scholars in the field.
PREREQUISITES: No prerequisites, but students are encouraged to have Hist 201-202 and Hist 300. All students in 300 level courses will be expected to know how to research, write, and document a basic historical essay.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001