PLS 300 Syllabus - PLS 300 Syllabus Fall 2011 University of...

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PLS 300 Syllabus Fall 2011 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Department of Public and International Affairs Fall 2011 PLS 300: The American Constitutional Law Instructor: Maria Warren, Esq. The best method to contact me is by email at my UNCW email account. If you need me to talk to you, I will gladly call you if you email me your phone number. Please do NOT use my departmental mailbox unless specifically instructed to do so. I do not live in Wilmington, so I rarely check it. I normally check my UNCW email accounts multiple times a day, seven days a week, unless I am sick or out-of-town. I. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES: Knowledge Outcomes: By the end of the course students are expected to: • Know structural aspects of constitutional analysis. • Be able to describe which sections of the US Constitution are relevant to each debate. • Understand how constitutional analysis fits into our modern legal and political systems. Skills and Abilities Outcomes: By the end of the course students are expected to: • Think analytically about complex issues in constitutional analysis. • Write clearly and effectively about issues in constitutional law. • Discuss controversial constitutional debates in a scholarly fashion. Values and Attitudes: By the end of the course students are expected to: • Begin to understand the importance of careful constitutional analysis. • Form opinions about their philosophical place in the spectrum of constitutional law. • Understand the importance and complexity of the law and lawmaking. II. REQUIRED TEXT: Fisher, Louis and Katy J. Harringer. American Constitutional Law, Volume One. 9th ed. Durham, North Carolina: Carolina Academic Press, 2011. You may be assigned additional readings for any class. These will generally be available to you by an internet link. Be prepared to discuss the chapter and supplemental reading in the assigned week. If you have questions about the assigned text, you also should prepare them for class discussion links. You may also email me, but I may answer the question in the form of a discussion thread. I will never do this with a personal question about your performance in the class or if you have a pre-law question unless I ask your permission first. I strongly believe in confidentiality. III. COURSE REQUIREMENTS: A. Mid-Term Exam (30% of grade) There will be one midterm. It will be take-home style essay exam. I reserve the right to limit or require a certain length for each answer. The exam dates are announced below in the Course Schedule section. You should make all arrangements necessary to have the exam in on time. Late exams may not be accepted. It is imperative that your exam is turned in at the period which it is due. YOU SHOULD KEEP A BACK-UP COPY OF YOUR EXAM! Your midterm will be given to you as an Assignment in Blackboard. You must send a Microsoft WORD attachment to my UNCW email account AND copy and paste the text into the submission window of the Assignment in Blackboard. It is not turned in until both have occurred. (WORD is available through
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