US Constitution: Building a Government (Part 1)
A United States Constitutional primer for middle schoolers, with consideration of the Bill of Rights, the Supreme Court, and States Rights
Nelson Vargas, J.D. Professor
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over 5 weeks
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An introduction to the U.S. Constitution and the landmark Supreme Court cases interpreting it. This five-week course will examine the Constitution’s origins, its amendments, and the structure of the federal government in relation to the states. We will also examine the bill of rights, separation of powers, as well as pivotal Supreme Court decisions and their impact. Classes will involve lectures, active discussion using the Socratic method in order to foster critical thinking. I will use...
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55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
US Constitution US Bill of Rights Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Haudenosaunee Guide for Educators, <https://americanindian.si.edu/sites/1/files/pdf/education/HaudenosauneeGuide.pdf> (last viewed October 30, 2020) Public Broadcasting Service, Haudenosaunee Culture; The Great Law as a Model for US Democracy, <https://www-tc.pbs.org/warrior/content/modules/great.pdf> (Last viewed October 27, 2020) Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790, Albert H. Smyth, and Albert Henry Smyth. The Writings of Benjamin Franklin. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1907. Hamilton, Alexander. Federalist No. 68. The Federalist. Ed. George W. Carey and James McClellan. Indianapolis, IN: Liberty Fund, 2001. 351–52. Carey, George, and James McClellan, eds.The Federalist. Indianapolis, IN: Liberty Fund, 2001. Supreme Court decisions Dredd Scott v. Sanford, 60 U.S. 393, 15 L. Ed. 691 (1856) Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537, 16 S. Ct. 1138, 41 L. Ed. 256 (1896) Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483, 74 S. Ct. 686, 98 L. Ed. 873 (1954) Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1, 87 S. Ct. 1817, 18 L. Ed. 2d 1010 (1967) Tinker v. DesMoines Independent School District, 393 U.S. 503, 89 S. Ct. 733, 21 L. Ed. 2d 731 (1969) N.Y. Times v. United States, 403 U.S. 713, 91 S. Ct. 2140, 29 L. Ed. 2d 822 (1971) United States v. Alvarez, 567 U.S. 709, 132 S. Ct. 2537, 183 L. Ed. 2d 574 (2012)
Nelson Vargas, J.D. Professor
Law, social studies, history, and civics teacher
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
276 total reviews
421 completed classes
I am a judge, former federal prosecutor, policy counsel, and college and law school professor. My bachelor's degree is from the State University of New York at Albany in Political Science and History, with a minor in Economics. I also earned a...