Writing assignments in addition to your common place

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Jefferson’s two commonplace books—a literary one and a legal one. Writing Assignments: In addition to your common place book you will be expected to brief four cases this term. Two cases should come from decisions made before the Civil War and two should come from the period after the Civil War. For a good discussion of how to brief a case, see the following web sites: Your brief should follow the suggested format on the John Jay site which includes the following: 1. Title and Citation 2. Facts of the Case ( What happened ) 3. Issues ( Legal questions and constitutional issue s) 4. Decisions (Holdings) ( What did the majority opinion actually decide ) 5. Reasoning (Rationale) ( Why did the majority decision come to this conclusion ) 6. Separate Opinions ( Concurrences or Dissents and their conclusions and explanation ) 7. Analysis ( what is the significance of the case ) 3
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Sections 1-6 should each be about a paragraph long. Section 7 may be up to a page in length. You must write concisely and clearly. Grading Your grade in this course will be figured according to the following formula: Class Participation 30% (includes weekly common place entries) Case Briefs 40% Final Paper 30% Academic Integrity : As you may be aware Fordham has a zero tolerance policy for plagiarism. Any act of plagiarism, intentional or unintentional, will merit severe sanctions. One way to avoid this problem is to be very careful when you cut and paste between your notes and a draft essay. Avoid pasting in material directly from the web. Another helpful suggestion would be to reserve a particular font for primary sources or direct quotes from secondary sources. This will help avoid unintentional acts of plagiarism. For more information please consult the Fordham University Policy on Academic Integrity which is available at: ll_student_ha/university_regulatio/the_fordham_universi_70871.asp ****** Schedule: Week 1 Introduction: Revolutionary Constitutionalism and the Articles of Confederation Readings: BL, 1-124; VA Declaration of Rights available at: - pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/v1ch1s3.html Articles of Confederation, - pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/v1ch1s7.html Richard Henry Lee to Samuel Adams , 14 Mar. 1785   George Washington to John Jay , 1 Aug. 1786 4
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James Madison, Federalist 51 - pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/v1ch10s16.html What role did virtue play in republican constitutionalism and how essential is virtue to Madison’s vision in Federalist 51? Week 2 The Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Critical First Decade Readings: MPACH, 32-74, 78-109 Focus Question: How important is a written bill of rights to the preservation of liberty? How important is federalism to the preservation of liberty?
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