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Unformatted text preview: PSC 2302-06 Baylor University Dr. Riley Spring 2008 Office: Burleson 305; Ph. --710-6050 Email: Richard_Riley@baylor.edu Office Hours: Tues/Thurs., 8:30-9:30AM; 11-12:30PM; 3:30-4:30PM, appt. preferred AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT Course Description and Objectives: The purpose of this course is to familiarize you with the historical background, development and interpretation of the United States Constitution. As such, we will examine the overall issue of American constitutionalism, the outlines of actual governmental practice in promoting political stability, social order, economic development, and the substantial role that the U.S. Supreme Court has played in this evolving constitutional order through its interpretation of both statutory and constitutional law. Toward these ends, the course is intended to accomplish some short-term goals that should enable you to: a) become familiar with selected principles and concepts of American constitutional law; b) understand some of the mechanics and institutional norms that find the United States Supreme Court operating as both a political and judicial institution; c) become acquainted with the background, constitutional question(s), decision, rule of law, and significance of approximately 75 significant U. S. Supreme Court decisions; and d) demonstrate a sufficient grasp of these materials to perform satisfactorily on four course examinations. Attendance and Reading Requirements: Students are expected to conform to University policy by attending class regularly and to complete all assigned readings as scheduled in the attached course outline. Adherence to these guidelines will enhance proper understanding of course material and allow you to participate more fully in class discussions. Furthermore, regular attendance should facilitate satisfactory performance on course examinations. Any student missing more than SEVEN (7) scheduled class meetings will fail the course, regardless of individual performance on examinations. In addition to regular class attendance, students are expected to be in class on time. Late arrivals distract students and instructor alike. Those students who arrive after class attendance has been taken must inform the instructor of their attendance at the end of the class period...
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- Spring '08
- The American