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This course offers an introduction to the U.S. Constitution and landmark Supreme Court cases interpreting it. It explores the Constitution’s origins, its amendment over the years, and methods of constitutional interpretation. Topics include the nature and structure of the federal government, the powers of the federal government, and individual rights....
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The Constitution and Three Branches of Government

Classes 1, 2, and 3 discuss why we need a Constitution and the history that preceded its drafting. You will learn about the two conflicting lessons the founders learned from the Revolution and the failure of the Articles of Confederation: the national government can become a tyrant if it is too strong, but the nation will fall apart if it is too weak. These lectures explore how the drafters sought to balance these concerns in the original Constitution and the many compromises it contains. You will also learn about two approaches to interpreting the Constitution: Originalism and Living Constitutionalism. Classes 4, 5, and 6 explore the powers of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government and the separation of powers between those branches. The Framers gave the federal government limited powers, and divided those powers among the three branches in order to protect individual liberty and state authority. ...
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6 個視頻(共 67 分鐘), 1 個測驗
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Class 2: Creating the Constitution11分鐘
Class 3: Interpreting the Constitution10分鐘
Class 4: Article I: Legislative Branch11分鐘
Class 5: Article II: Executive Branch11分鐘
Class 6: Article III: Judicial Branch8分鐘
Quiz1 個練習
Quiz on the Constitution and three branches of government20分鐘

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Amendments and the First Amendment

This segment first explores constitutional amendments, including the Bill of Rights, and the Reconstruction and Progressive-era Amendments. Then, we will take a detailed look at one of the most important amendments: the First. We will learn about the constitutional protections for speech and religion, how they have changed over time, and how they apply to various circumstances. Finally, we will learn about the Establishment Clause and what it means in today's society. ...
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6 個視頻(共 58 分鐘), 1 個測驗
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Class 8: The Reconstruction Amendments9分鐘
Class 9: The Progressive Amendments9分鐘
Class 10: Freedom of Speech11分鐘
Class 11: Free Exercise of Religion Clause8分鐘
Class 12: Establishment Clause9分鐘
Quiz1 個練習
Quiz on the amendments and First Amendment20分鐘

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Criminal Procedure and Federalism and Nationalism

We begin here by looking at another group of very important constitutional provisions: the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments, which guarantee rights to individuals accused of committing crimes. These amendments protect us against unreasonable searches, ensure our right to remain silent in the face of police questioning, and allow us to demand the assistance of counsel and trial by jury. These rights are fundamental to our system of criminal justice. Then we will shift our focus to examining the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms, and incorporation. We will also discuss the Ninth and Tenth Amendments, unenumerated rights, and states' rights, and finish by considering the implications of the Civil War and Reconstruction for the balance of power between the federal government and the states. ...
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6 個視頻(共 60 分鐘), 1 個測驗
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Class 14: The Fifth Amendment - The Right to Remain Silent8分鐘
Class 15: The Sixth Amendment - The Right to Counsel/Trial by Jury10分鐘
Class 16: The Second Amendment11分鐘
Class 17: The Ninth and Tenth Amendments10分鐘
Class 18: The Civil War and Reconstruction11分鐘
Quiz1 個練習
Quiz on criminal procedure and federalism and nationalism20分鐘

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完成時間為 2 小時

The Fourteenth Amendment and Modern Controversies

The first three lessons consider the equal protection and due process clauses of the 14th Amendment. We will begin by discussing race discrimination and the anti-classification and anti-subordination perspectives on equal protection. Next, we will discuss sex discrimination and the right to an abortion derived from the due process clause. Finally, we will examine discrimination based on sexual orientation, and the social progression of major civil rights movements in the United States. The final three lessons in this module consider some modern constitutional controversies. First, we will learn about presidential war powers. Next, we will analyze free speech in the context of campaign finance reform. Finally, we will discuss federal legislative power with a focus on health care reform. ...
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6 個視頻(共 71 分鐘), 1 個測驗
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Class 20: Women’s Equality and Abortion10分鐘
Class 21: Sexual Orientation10分鐘
Class 22: War Powers15分鐘
Class 23: Campaign Finance9分鐘
Class 24: Health Care Reform12分鐘
Quiz1 個練習
Quiz on the Fourteenth Amendment and modern controversies20分鐘
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創建者 SJJul 22nd 2017

Professor does a great job and in explaining the complexities. He does not take any partisan stand and does a great job and giving prominence to all sides of the argument. Enjoyed the course throughly

創建者 DGDec 11th 2016

This is a great introductory or refresher course. Everything is put forth in an easy-to-understand concept. It was beneficial to me to compare key cases and how society affected them. Thank you.

關於 University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. A member of the Ivy League, Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies. ...

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