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Unformatted text preview: 1 A MERICAN H ERITAGE 100 (H ONORS ) B RIGHAM Y OUNG U NIVERSITY F ALL 2011 C OURSE T IMES AND L OCATION MW 3:00 – 4:15 p.m. B037 JFSB I NSTRUCTOR I NFORMATION P ROFESSOR David M. Kirkham, PhD, JD Senior Fellow for Comparative Law and International Policy International Center for Law and Religion Studies - J. Reuben Clark Law School and Adjunct Faculty, BYU Department of Political Science 781 SWKT Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 11 a.m. - Noon, (except one Monday per month to be announced), or by appointment . T EACHING A SSISTANTS See the American Heritage website (americanheritage.byu.edu) to find your section and TA. All teaching assistant office hours are held in the ―Review Room‖—173A in the Spencer W. Kimball Tower. A MERICAN H ERITAGE O FFICE Coordinator: Erica Germaine Office and Phone: 166 SWKT, 422-6076 Email: [email protected] Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday-Friday Website: americanheritage.byu.edu A M ESSAGE TO S TUDENTS Welcome to American Heritage, one of the signature courses at the university and one of the few created by direct mandate from the Board of Trustees. Because American Heritage is unlike most other introductory courses you will take, I have prepared a longer-than-usual syllabus, with longer-than-usual words of advice and instruction. Please read the syllabus carefully from beginning to end; I hope it will be a helpful guide for you. American Heritage 100 is a study of the founding and constitutional heritage of the United States. Combining insights and methodology from political science, history, and economics, the course offers an opportunity to reflect deeply – and with the help of a gospel perspective – about the meaning of the Constitution and our nation’s founding ideals, not solely as an historical event 2 in the past but also as a shaping force in the present. Thus, the course is much more and different than an exercise in flag-waving or a simple confirmation of your existing political inclinations and biases. American Heritage 100 should challenge you to understand the founding, its meaning, and its implications for your life and the life of your political community in a deeper way than you have done before. The course is divided into three sections: Founding Principles , an investigation of key concepts, ideas, and philosophies that influenced the nation’s founding; The Birth (and Rebirth) of the Constitution , a detailed exploration of constitutional principles and institutions, from the Philadelphia convention through the dramatic changes that occurred with the Civil War; and Constitutional Development and Change , a brief tour of selected major events since the Civil War that have influenced our understanding of American society and constitutionalism....
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