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An introduction to the main themes of the American Constitution—popular sovereignty, separation of powers, federalism, and rights.
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Approx. 20 hours to complete

Recommandé : 12-15 hours/week
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Cours en ligne à 100 %

Commencez dès maintenant et apprenez aux horaires qui vous conviennent.
Clock

Approx. 20 hours to complete

Recommandé : 12-15 hours/week
Comment Dots

English

Sous-titres : English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
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2 hours to complete

Welcome!

This first module will help you get your bearings before diving into America's Written Constitution. You can watch a brief introduction to the course, learn about quizzes and writing assignments, and find out what you can look forward to learning. This section also provides you with a copy of The Document itself. There is no need to read through it right away, Our hope is that you will follow along as Prof. Amar works his ways through it over the course of the next 14 modules. Good luck, and we hope you enjoy the experience! ...
Reading
2 videos (Total 26 min), 7 readings
Video2 videos
Course Introduction22m
Reading7 readings
Pre-Course Survey10m
Begin Here10m
Meet the Instructor10m
Grading and Logistics10m
Bonus Material10m
Suggested Readings10m
The Constitution of the United States10m
Clock
1 hour to complete

In the Beginning

Ready to get started? Good. In this module, you'll take a guided tour of the Preamble and learn how one sentence changed the world. ...
Reading
2 videos (Total 46 min)
Video2 videos
In the Beginning, Part 222m
Clock
1 hour to complete

New Rules for a New World

In this module you will learn how geography, democracy, wealth, and race affected the structure of our legislative branch. Prof. Amar will explain the underlying factors behind decisions on Senatorial term limits, age qualifications, salaries and much more. ...
Reading
2 videos (Total 46 min)
Video2 videos
New Rules for a New World, Part 223m

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1 hour to complete

Congressional Powers

This entire module is devoted to just one section of one article of the U.S. constitution. It is the longest, and arguably, most important section of The Document. Article 1, Section 8, enumerates the powers held by Congress. Join Professor Amar, as he discusses the implications of these powers, including regulation of trade, creation of an army and navy, and the levying of taxes. ...
Reading
2 videos (Total 46 min)
Video2 videos
Congressional Powers, Part 223m
Clock
1 hour to complete

America's First Officer

In this module you'll find out what about George Washington made him so uniquely qualified for the task of being our nation's first president. Learn how his actions before, during, and after his time in office set precedents which are still followed today. ...
Reading
2 videos (Total 48 min), 1 quiz
Video2 videos
America's First Officer, Part 224m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Mastery Quiz 114m

3

Section
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1 hour to complete

Presidential Powers

As the title of this module suggests, you will be hearing about the specific powers held by the President of the United States. Learn how the presidential pardon is directly related to national security and why the veto power is nearly insurmountable. Prof. Amar will also point out how in a small number of situations, the President of the United States is even more powerful than the King of England....
Reading
2 videos (Total 47 min)
Video2 videos
Presidential Powers, Part 225m
Clock
3 hours to complete

Judges and Juries

The judicial branch of the U.S. today only vaguely resembles what framers had in mind. In this section you'll learn you about the decisions the men behind the judicial branch's expansion in power and in scale. ...
Reading
2 videos (Total 53 min), 1 quiz
Video2 videos
Judges and Juries, Part 230m

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1 hour to complete

States and Territories

Article 4 of the Constitution outlines the interrelationship between States and territories. In order for this emerging country to succeed, the framers knew states would need to start thinking of themselves as parts of the same whole. To achieve this, rules needed to be set in place for interstate trade and travel. Prof. Amar will introduce the concept of Horizontal Federalism, looking specifically at how the Constitution accounts for the differences between state laws on slavery and voting rights. Finally you'll learn about the Taney-led Supreme Court, whose rulings on racial laws would help set America down the path to civil war....
Reading
2 videos (Total 50 min)
Video2 videos
States and Territories, Part 225m
Clock
1 hour to complete

The Law of the Land

What's the difference between a treaty and a statute? Which takes precedent? In this module Prof. Amar takes you through article 7 of the Constitution. Along the way you'll learn the difference between laws, treaties, resolutions, and statutes. Learn how each one comes into being and how the inherent democracy of each determines their place in the hierarchy....
Reading
2 videos (Total 44 min), 1 quiz
Video2 videos
The Law of the Land, Part 223m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Mastery Quiz 214m

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Section
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1 hour to complete

Making Amends

Anti-Federalists, rejoice! This module's lectures go over the first ten amendments to America's constitution, also known as the Bill of Rights. These amendments contain some of the most iconic language contained in The Document. Freedom of Speech, the right to keep and bare arms, the right to a fair trial, all this can be found in the Bill of Rights. Prof. Amar will go over where the framers borrowed the ideas for these amendments, and also who championed and opposed their adoption. ...
Reading
2 videos (Total 50 min)
Video2 videos
Making Amends, Part 227m
Clock
3 hours to complete

New Birth of Freedom

This module, as we move forward both in text and in time. After the first 12 amendments to the constitution, 50 quiescent years pass before three new amendments are ratified in rapid succession. The 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to the U.S. Constitution brought radical change to America by abolishing slavery, redefining citizenship, and expanding voting rights. What event could possibly spur such significant legislative action? Get ready as Professor Amar guides us through a wholly singular look at America's Civil War. ...
Reading
2 videos (Total 57 min), 1 quiz
Video2 videos
A New Birth of Freedom, Part 233m

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1 hour to complete

Progressive Reforms

You may have noticed by now that amendments to the U.S. Constitution come in waves. In module 13 Professor Amar will go over the third wave to break. Amendments 16-19 made America's version of democracy more direct and more universal than ever before. The addition of women to the voting pool forever altered America's political course. Eventually leading to the passage of socially conscious policies such as the New Deal, the Great Society, and Obamacare. ...
Reading
2 videos (Total 51 min)
Video2 videos
Progressive Reforms, Part 229m
Clock
1 hour to complete

Modern Moves

The surging Civil Right's Movement of the 1960's along with wars both cold and hot, made the political environment in the U.S. ripe for change. Prof. Amar explains out how amendments 23-26 continued making the United States' brand of democracy more universal and more egalitarian. After briefly covering the 27th Amendment, a question is posed to you, the learner: What do you think the next amendment to the Constitution should be? ...
Reading
2 videos (Total 54 min), 1 quiz
Video2 videos
Modern Moves, Part 228m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Mastery Quiz 314m
Clock
4 hours to complete

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!...
Reading
6 videos (Total 253 min)
Video6 videos
Three Justices51m
Mooc Court46m
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Visits Yale57m
Rare Books Department14m
Q&A with Bradley 3m
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1 hour to complete

Conclusion

Professor Amar hopes you will continue your journey through the U.S. Constitution by going beneath, beyond, and behind the text in AWC's sister course America's Unwritten Constitution. You'll learn of the traditions, court decisions, popular values, and precedents that compliment the text and complete The Document. ...
Reading
2 videos (Total 31 min), 1 reading
Video2 videos
Conclusion27m
Reading1 readings
Post- Course Survey10m
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Top Reviews

By SGJan 7th 2017

Awesome!! Even for a History major like myself it was incredibly thought provoking and extremely well taught. I only wish every American received this level of instruction on The Constitution.

By MMAug 14th 2017

Very interesting course. I learnt a lot. Also about the American history. Very nice that this course is given by Professor Amar. He speaks with a lot of passion for this subject.

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Akhil Reed Amar

Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science

About Yale University

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