Chapter 05 - Constitutional PrinciplesChapter 5 - Constitutional PrinciplesCHAPTER OVERVIEWStudents often find the constitutional law material very difficult. One way to approach the materialis to focus on the purpose of a country’s constitution, in general. A country’s constitution makesclear what that particular country values. For example, someone from another country would bequick to point out the U.S. Constitution’s emphasis on freedom. So, start out with a broadproposition, such as, “A country’s constitution shows what the country values.” Then, highlightperhaps three cases from the chapter. Use the rules from the three cases you chose to encouragestudents to apply a particular rule to a new scenario. The “Teaching Ideas” section of this manualgives you some scenarios to try with your students.LEARNING OBJECTIVESAfter reading this chapter, students will be able to answer the following questions: 1.What is federalism?2.How does the U.S. government’s system of checks and balances operate?3.What effects does the commerce clause have on the government’s regulation of business?4.How does the Bill of Rights protect the citizens of the United States?LECTURE NOTES WITH DEFINITIONS In the news…Teaching tip: For each chapter, consider asking students to relate current news items to material from the chapter.In addition to ideas students come up with on their own, consider weaving in news stories provided by the textbook publisher. Stories are available via a McGraw-Hill DVD, and on the publisher’s web site.Fo Chapter Five, McGraw-Hill offers the following stories:“Close Up: The Domestic Surveillance Debate.”What makes domestic surveillance a constitutional issue?As an American citizen, are you concerned about domestic surveillance, or are you glad surveillance is taking place?“In Depth: Taking Sides: Cato Institute’s Tim Lynch and Federal AppealsCourt Judge Richard Posner Debate the Legality of Warrantless DomesticEavesdropping.”Do Lynch and Posner agree about the legality of warrantless domestic eavesdropping?What do you think? Why?“Government vs. Google,” also known as “Google’s Privacy Flight.”As a Google user, what kinds of privacy rights do you want Google to have? Why?Why is this issue one of international importance?5-1
Chapter 05 - Constitutional Principles“Mission from God? Catholic Town, USA: Controversy Surrounds Ave Maria, An All Catholic Town Being Built in Florida.”What makes the issue of an all Catholic town a constitutional issue?Would you want to live in a town that embraces your religion of choice? Why or why not?What is federalism?How does the U.S. government’s system of checks and balances operate?