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Introduction

Hello everyone and welcome to America’s Unwritten Constitution! This course is designed to teach you some of the basic tool and techniques for constitutional interpretation. Over the next 13 modules, Professor Akhil Amar will teach you how to go beyond the text of the U.S. Constitution, while still remaining faithful to it. Please, take some time to watch the two introductory videos and read through some of the course information below. Enjoy!

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2 vidéos (Total 24 min), 7 lectures
2 vidéos
America's Unwritten Constitution Introduction21 min
7 lectures
Pre-Course Survey10 min
Begin Here10 min
Meet the Instructor10 min
Grading and Logistics10 min
Bonus Material10 min
Suggested Readings10 min
The United States Constitution10 min
1 heure pour terminer

Heeding the Deed

Heeding the Deed, refers to the technique of understanding the Constitution further by looking at issues the nation was dealing with at the time of the passage's adoption. Another way to say this could be; putting yourself in the framer's shoes.

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2 vidéos (Total 46 min)
2 vidéos
Heeding the Deed, Part 223 min
1 heure pour terminer

Reading Between the Lines

This module teaches the interpretive technique of reading between the lines. This involves extracting, from the text, things that are implicit, but not expressly stated.

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2 vidéos (Total 50 min)
2 vidéos
Reading Between the Lines, Part 226 min
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2
1 heure pour terminer

Hearing the People

In this module, we explore a number of unenumerated rights that exist simply because Americans embody these rights in their everyday lives. Owning pets, using contraception, testifying at one’s own trial, none of these are explicitly mentioned in the text of the Constitution, yet today, they are recognized as protected fundamental rights. Professor Amar explains why.

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2 vidéos (Total 49 min)
2 vidéos
Hearing the People, Part 222 min
1 heure pour terminer

Confronting Modern Case Law

The "Confronting Modern Case Law" lectures take a closer look at the Warren-lead Supreme Court. Spanning from 1953 to 1969, his court decided many of the most influential cases is U.S. history. Brown v. Board of Education, Miranda v. Arizona, Griswold v. Connecticut to name a few. Professor Amar, will discuss how the court arrived at their decisions, how these rulings changed American society at the time and how they are still affecting it today.

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2 vidéos (Total 59 min), 1 quiz
2 vidéos
Confronting Modern Case Law, Part 228 min
1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Mastery Quiz 118 min
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3
1 heure pour terminer

Putting Precedent in its Place

Professor Amar discusses the role that precedent—that is, prior court decisions—plays in our understanding of the document. He will answer questions about how far courts should go when interpreting the Constitution, and what courts might do when they believe that a prior decision was incorrect.

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2 vidéos (Total 49 min)
2 vidéos
Putting Precedent in Its Place, Part 223 min
3 heures pour terminer

Honoring the Icons

Here we'll examine documents outside of the Constitution that influence our understanding of the founding text—things like the Declaration of Independence, The Federalist papers, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech. Professor Amar will explain how these sources have offered meaning and guidance in constitutional interpretation.

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2 vidéos (Total 51 min), 1 quiz
2 vidéos
Honoring the Icons, Part 222 min
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Remembering the Ladies

These lectures explore the profound changes American society underwent immediately following the ratification of the 19th amendment. The reverberations of women's enfranchisement are still being strongly felt today. Prof. Amar will highlight some legislation, he believes, directly or indirectly owe their existence to the 19th amendment.

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2 vidéos (Total 49 min)
2 vidéos
"Remembering the Ladies," Part 225 min
1 heure pour terminer

Following Washington's Lead

Undoubtedly, the figure who looms largest in U.S. political history is George Washington. His actions before, during, and after the Presidency set precedents for the executive office which are still observed today. Prof. Amar will explain why Article II of the Constitution was custom written for our first president.

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2 vidéos (Total 44 min), 1 quiz
2 vidéos
Following Washington's Lead, Part 220 min
1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Mastery Quiz 214 min
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1 heure pour terminer

Interpreting Government Practices

This module delves into how the actual structure of each government branch inherently effects their interactions with one another. The framers purposefully under-specified sections of the Constitution, leaving room for flexibility. They rightly assumed future law makers would fill these “gaps” in procedure as need arose. Indeed they have, each time a gap is discovered and bridged, a new precedent is set. Professor Amar will highlight several examples of these powers-set-by-precendent, for each branch of government

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2 vidéos (Total 54 min)
2 vidéos
Interpreting Government Practices, Part 229 min
3 heures pour terminer

Joining the Party

In this module, Prof. Amar chronicles the adoption and evolution of the two party system in America. You'll learn which framers founded each party and how the creation of the parties caused great friction in government. The lectures go on to explain how the Constitution changed to accommodate the two party system and how these changes have made to the two party system inextricably codified into the Document.

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2 vidéos (Total 40 min), 1 quiz
2 vidéos
Joining the Party, Part 216 min
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1 heure pour terminer

Doing the Right Thing

This module discusses the role of conscience in government. It is important for us to remember, the Constitution did not implement itself. It was implemented by human beings with minds, hearts, and consciences. Understanding the interaction between these “human elements” and the text is fundamental to proper interpretation of the Constitution. We’ll go over several codified manifestations of the "human element" in the Constitution, such as the veto and juror nullification.

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2 vidéos (Total 50 min)
2 vidéos
Doing the Right Thing, Part 226 min
1 heure pour terminer

Envisioning the Future

In the course’s final lectures, we’ll look to the future and ask, "what will the constitution look like in 25 years? 50 years? 100?" Might we soon see an amendment allowing for a foreign born president? Or the dissolution of the Electoral College? Prof. Amar will discuss the idea of "constitutional trajectory," and the factors which affect it. We’ll go over how today’s legislators can be looked at as "framers of the future.” Which will lead to the very interesting topic of “sunrise legislation."

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2 vidéos (Total 49 min), 1 quiz
2 vidéos
Envisioning the Future, Part 225 min
1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Mastery Quiz 320 min
1 heure pour terminer

Bonus Content Archive

This content is not tied to the assessment materials in any way but it is interesting, entertaining, and informative nonetheless. We encourage all learners to take some time to watch these videos and post about them in the discussion forums!

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5 vidéos (Total 67 min)
5 vidéos
Bonus Content: Same-Sex Marriage 10 min
Modalities of Constitutional Interpretation 9 min
Bonus Content: 4th Amendment Exclusionary Rule19 min
Bonus Video: Walker v. Sons Of Confederate Veterans13 min
1 heure pour terminer

Conclusion

Prof. Amar recapitulate concepts learned in this course and discuss his hopes for you all; the matriculants of America’s Unwritten Constitution. We sincerely hope you all have enjoyed the course and learned something along the way! Thank you so much for your time and effort.

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1 vidéo (Total 28 min), 1 lecture
1 vidéo
1 lecture
Post- Course Survey10 min
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par WLSep 19th 2017

This is an exceptional course taught by a masterful constitutional scholar. I highly recommend it to anyone seeking to learn more about America's Unwritten Constitution and its

par EBJun 21st 2017

Professor Amar was a delightful and informative instructor I thoroughly enjoyed the course materials and all that I learned about the US and it's Constitution.

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Akhil Reed Amar

Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science
Yale Law School

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