HIS 268 Syllabus


Division:††††††† Arts and Sciences†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Date:February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Liberal Arts, Science, Business Administration


Course Number and Title:†††††††† HIS 268, The American Constitution


Credit Hours:†† 3††††††††††††††††† Hours/Wk Lecture:3†† ††††† Hours/Wk Lab:††† ††† ††††††††††† Lec/Lab Comb:†††



I.              Catalog Description: ††††††† Analyzes the origin and development of the United States Constitution. Includes the evolution of civil liberties, property rights, contracts, due process, judicial review, federal-state relationships, and corporate-government relations. Lecture 3 hours per week.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:

This course meets a social science elective credit in the above programs.


III.           Required background:

Non-developmental in English


IV.          Course Content:

A.               Origin and Sources of the Constitution

B.               Political Views Shaping the Constitution

C.               The Articles of Confederation

D.               The Executive

E.               The Legislative

F.                The Judicial

G.               States and the Federal Government

H.               Electives and Voting

I.                  Foreign and Public Policy

J.                The Bill of Rights

K.               Interpretation and Change in the Constitution


V.Learner Outcomes


The student will:



A.   Be able to describe and discuss features and principles of the Constitution.

B.   Be able to explain the development of the Constitution from the Articles of Confederation

C.   Explain the historical political and philosophical forces influencing the Constitutionís development.

D.   Describe problems of interpreting and implementing the Constitution

Students will be evaluated using some combination of tests, quizzes, and written assignments as defined by the instructor.All students will be required to complete a research project defined by the instructor.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.




         VII.    This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding
Information Literacy