Constitutional Law is designed for, but not limited to, students interested in a pre-law curriculum. United States Supreme Court decisions and opinions in several major areas of constitutional law will be studied. Successful completion of this course satisfies one Civic Engagement interaction.
Office Hours: D-221 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:20-11:20 or by appointment.
Course Website: https://jasonmleggett.commons.gc.cuny.edu
The Law and Identity Reader: Cultivating Understanding, Agency, and Advocacy (First Edition)
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By the end of the semester students should memorize and utilize new vocabulary to engage with others in a dialogue about constitutional law as it relates to society, civic identity, agency and empowerment, and the mobilization of rights.
You will be graded on the additional “college readiness” outcomes below.
Important outcomes for college readiness include:
Assess information from a variety of sources by locating, reading, commenting on, and listening actively to other points of view about that information;
Critically examine (apply understanding), in verbal and written form, how the courts, and law as an extension, affect society through scientific observation and individual experience;
Analyze the Law through collective decision making institutions, co- equal branches of democratic government through critical theories in social sciences and the humanities (liberal arts);
Examine by theorizing (creating ideas) about the basic structure of the U.S legal and political systems, including the functions, historical and modern, of the courts particularly as they relate to global problems and democratic rule of law and form research based (informed) conclusions about issues in Society.
Grades as a Final Assessment and evidence of competence.
Active Participation: 10%
Assignments & Quizzes 30%
Discussion Questions and Paper: 30%
The Paper will be due in three stages. The first will be a rough draft of your proposal of your research project, including the topic and research question. You will next turn in your paper final rough draft for peer review and prepare a 5 minute presentation. You will then revise your draft and turn in a final paper using the feedback gained in class. You must select a topic involving a civil rights violation and the legal processes around the relevant cases. Your final paper will be 5 pages and include 3 academic, credible resources with APA style citation. 1 of these sources must be a legal case. Research help will be provided in class. There will be two exams that cover class readings. The final exam will be essay response.
According to the student and faculty handbooks The college allows for you to miss 6 hours of this course for any reason. While those students who attend every class tend to get better grades we all know life events can interfere with the ability to achieve this goal. If you are having trouble attending or foresee absences above 6 hours please see me as soon as possible or email me so that we might find alternatives. *Students who do not respond to the first Google Form assignments will be dropped at VOA period (see Kingsborough Academic Calendar) or receive a grade of WU (Withdrawl).
AAS (D205, 718-368-5175) provides appropriate accommodations and assistance to students with disabilities. Please contact them if needed. Feel free to meet with me to discuss any other or additional accomodations. I work to create a classroom environment that is conducive to all students.