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POL 212 - Constitutional Law and Civil Rights

POL 212 Constitutional Law and Civil Rights

POL* 212: Constitutional Law and Civil Rights

3 Credits
(Formerly PLSC 212)
An examination of the United States Constitution as it applies to police power and landmark decisions of the United States Supreme Court interpreting and defining police power.
Prerequisites: POL* 111 or POL* 112.

Current Events Research Assignment

Current Events Research PPT

Due: Week 14 – Sunday, May 1st at 11:59 pm (Extensions will not be granted)

The research project is your opportunity to do independent research on a topic of your choice related to issues highlighted in the U.S. Constitution.  Identify an issue that has piqued your interest over the course of the term.  To complete the assignment, you need to complete the following parts:

Find Articles - Find two (2) articles that provide two (2) different perspectives of the topic that you have selected.   (Use the rubric to make sure that you are meeting the appropriate time frame and information literacy standard). 

Identify Topic - Give a detailed summary of the topic and its relationship to the U.S. Constitution.  (2 slides)

Identify three (3) Key Issues - Separate out and identify three (3) important issues tied to the U.S. Constitution that are found in the articles.  Explain the issues in your own words. (At least 1 slide for each issue)

Apply concepts and theories – Using the textbook to support your opinion, write about why the topic is important to the how the US Constitution is interpreted/used (at least 3 slides), why it is important for people to know this information (at least 3 slides), and to you personally or professionally (at least 1 slide).

Conclusion – Conclude your research by making a statement about whether you believe this will continue to be of importance in future discussions about the US Constitution.  Make sure to state the reasons behind your opinion, using the textbook to support your response.  (at least 2 slides)

A minimum of 16 slides (include title slide and reference slide).

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