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POS-1050-VM01 - The Constitution

Synonym: 162789
Location: Montpelier
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Tuesday, 09:00A - 11:45A
Semester Dates: 01-23-2018 to 05-01-2018
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-11-2018 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-25-2018 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Bruce Baskind | View Faculty Credentials
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Course Description:

From historical and contemporary perspectives, this course surveys the framing, revision, and interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. Examines how the original document and subsequent amendments have helped to shape our laws and way of life. Explores contemporary Constitutional issues such as abortion rights, hate speech, gun control, and affirmative action. Includes study of the Vermont Constitution.

Essential Objectives:

1. Describe the historical development of the U.S. and Vermont Constitutions.
2. Identify and discuss basic tenets of law outlined in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and subsequent amendments.
3. Explain the functions, powers, and limitations of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government.
4. Describe the organization of the state and federal court systems and the separation of powers as provided in the Constitution.
5. Assess the rights of the individual as protected by the Constitution as well as the limitations and responsibilities placed upon these rights.
6. Identify what governmental functions are solely federal, those that are solely state, and those that may be shared functions.
7. Distinguish the doctrine of judicial review as a Constitutional concept.
8. Discuss the role of case law and precedent in the context of contemporary Constitutional issues (e.g. abortion rights, hate speech, affirmative action, gun control).
9. Articulate the differences between the U.S. and Vermont Constitutions.


Spring 2018 textbook data will be available on December 4. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Bruce Baskind
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Kelly Young

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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