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POLS2220 – Introduction to Constitutional Theory pdf

Credits: 3 (3/0/0)
Description: Meets MnTC Goal Areas 2, 5 and 9. This course focuses on some of the significant constitutional issues that confront policy makers and citizens of the United States. The framework for study is the United States Constitution. Topics covered include governmental powers, separation of powers, civil liberties, civil rights and federalism.
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
  1. Describe the Constitution's central position in the daily concerns of the American people.
  2. Analyze landmark cases and doctrines in American constitutional law and government.
  3. Recognize that the legal process is a complicated one which continues outside legislative chambers and in courtrooms.
  4. Debate positions on some of the fundamental political, legal and ethical problems of our time.
  5. Analyze the distribution of political power in the American system.
  6. Explain the nature of political representation in a republican form of government.
  7. Analyze the nature of conflict and cooperation between legislation and executive branches of the government.
  8. Define constitutional aspects of the office of the presidency.
  9. Assess the central role of the president in the American system of government in modern times.
  10. Discuss the decision-making processes that govern the courts' handling of legal disputes.
  11. Analyze the foundations of judicial review.
  12. Define the dilemma posed by an expanding legal system.
  13. Assess the effects of judicial activism and judicial restraint on the political system.
MnTC goal areas:
  • 2. Critical Thinking
  • 5. History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • 9. Ethical and Civic Responsibility

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