Jurisprudence And Constitutional Law

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Teacher: Joseph Knippenberg
Date/Time: Wednesday - 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Recommended Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
Department: History & Social Studies
Grade Level: High School (9th-12th)

DOE course codes: #45.05500 or #45.05800

In this course, we will learn about our system of constitutional jurisprudence, examining leading cases from the time of the early republic (e.g., Marbury v. Madison) through the present. In addition, we will examine leading approaches to constitutional adjudication and argumentation, such as natural law, originalism, textualism, and the notion of a “living constitution.” Students will become conversant with some of the leading legal, constitutional, and political issues of the day. This course is appropriate for students who are interested in politics, in legal careers, and in speech, debate, and mock trial.

Textbook: Beeman, ed., Supreme Court Decisions, 1st ed. (Penguin)

This course can be listed on a HS transcript as one credit in history or social studies.

Tuition: $75/month. A $5 Engrade registration fee is due on the first day of class. All MAS fees are paid in addition to tuition.