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Academic Year 2023-2024 • Grade 11 and above • Government Sequence

United States Government: the Constitution

The United States Constitution has been in force since 1789, making it the world's longest surviving written charter of government. During this time, our government has grown and changed considerably. This course has three main units. The first explores the historical background and asks what problems the Constitution was intended to address, focusing on the Federalist Papers. The second unit looks at the structure of the Constitution itself. The third unit examines how the principles of the Constitution were applied by rival political thinkers leading up to and during the Civil War. In each unit, students will be assigned to study a historical character in depth.

Sections and Teachers

Section 1:

Instructor: Karl Oles

Starts: September 5, 2023
Ends: June 1, 2024

Dates and times to be arranged with enrolled students.

Tuition: $500.00



Prerequisites

Study of the Constitution in its historical context presumes that the student has a basic understanding of American history and has experience in the review and interpretation of historical documents.

Recommended background

See prerequisites.

Textbooks and Materials

This item is required:

Constitution of the United States of America. [Edition or Version: 1], Authors: James Madison et al.

ISBN: None

Publisher's website: Constitution of the United States of America.

Best sources: www.usconstitution.net/xconst.html

Other information: Obviously this text is widely available, including many full-text online versions, one of which is linked here. Any version will serve, so long as the student can refer to it easily. Annotated versions, in any form, are welcome but not required. See course description for further details on course materials.


This item is required:

The Federalist [Edition or Version: 1], Authors: Alexander Hamilton, et al.

ISBN: None

Publisher's website: The Federalist

Best sources: https://guides.loc.gov/federalist-papers/full-text

Other information: Many editions are available in print and online. Make sure you get the full text.


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