Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

Course Description

POL-115 - The American Constitution (3 credits)
Prerequisite(s): None
This course examines the United States Constitution, which is the world's oldest written constitution. Born in the turbulent years following the Revolutionary War, it formalized many of the philosophical and political ideas of that period. The central values embodied in the Constitution reflect the Founders' commitment to liberty and limited government. While the constitution has served the American republic well over the past 200-plus years, it has also generated a tremendous amount of controversy. From the very beginning, disputes over Constitutional interpretation have played a major role in shaping the American republic. In this course, we will study some of these major Constitutional disputes and gain a greater appreciation for the evolution of Constitutional Law since the founding period.

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