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LSTD301 - Constitutional Law

Course Details

Course Code: LSTD301 Course ID: 2554 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is an introduction to Constitutional Law, the Supreme Court, and other aspects of the legal system using the case analysis approach. Its concentration is on the study and analysis of United States Constitution. It emphasizes an in-depth study of the Bill of Rights, specifically those rights pertaining to Civil Liberties. Topics include: the historical events that led to the development of the Constitution; principles governing the operation of the Constitution and the role of the U.S. Supreme Court and the Judiciary; characteristics and powers of the three branches of government; development of due process and individual protections to include right to speech, freedom of religion, right to bear arms, right to vote, and right to counsel.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
09/28/20 - 02/26/21 03/01/21 - 04/25/21 Winter 2021 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/20 - 04/02/21 04/05/21 - 05/30/21 Spring 2021 Session B 8 Week session
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing this course the Student will be able to:

1. Describe how and why the Constitution developed.

2. Analyze the role and authority of the U.S. Supreme Court.

3. Explain the various rights provided to United States Citizens by the U.S. Constitution, Amendments, Bill of Rights, and various U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

4. Demonstrate the Civil Liberties US Citizens are afforded by the US Constitution and the Bill or Rights.

5. Outline the rights provided by the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution, specifically the Right of Free Speech and Freedom of Religion.

6. Research and write an essay of a Supreme Court decision.

7. Distinguish between the various exceptions to the 4th Amendment requirements.

8. Analyze the Constitutional Right to Privacy and the how the Court’s determine when this right is violated.

9. Outline the provisions of the 2nd Amendment.

10. Interpret the various Constitutional Amendments and U.S. Supreme Court rulings as they relate to 5th and 6th Amendment rights.

11. Analyze the 8th Amendment and the Right Against Cruel and Unusual Punishment and the how the Court’s determine when this right is violated.


Contact between students and instructor can occur by using the message funtion in the classroom to message the instructor. Students are expected to maintain routine contact with the instructor throughout the course. The number of these contacts may vary according to the specific course and individual student need. If you have not received a response from your instructor within 48 hours, please follow up, as the message may not have been received.


The assignments will consist of forum postings and one written assignment. Please see the forum and assignment sections of the classroom for more details.


Questions and topics posed in the Forums are designed to promote thought and insight. Students must provide a critical review of the questions, topics and issues posed and substantively reply to the contributions of at least three peers. Individual postings should include a full discussion of the content of the question posed and explain how it relates to the concepts in the weekly text readings and other resources. The postings should be analytic in nature and include comparisons/contrasts, and examples that can bolster your point. The Forum is for your benefit and it is important to respond to the discussion topic and to engage others in a running dialogue.

Your initial post should be made by Wednesday this week. You should then respond to 3 or more posts. Note that at least one response to your classmates must be made before Sunday. If you make all of your responsive posts on Sunday, you will not earn full points for timeliness.

This can be accomplished by

· Validating with additional evidence from the literature.

· Posing a thoughtful question with commentary which generates further discussion.

· Providing an alternative point-of-view, with evidence and examples.

· Offering additional insight into how the concept might be understood, with evidence provided with real world examples.

You should be active in the classroom throughout the week and actively engaged in the back-and-forth discussion between your colleagues and the professor.

The forum grading rubric can be found in gradebook by clicking on the forum entry.


The final exam will be taken open “source” meaning that you are use any of the required web sources in this course to complete the exam. This is an essay exam consisting of multi-part essay questions. The exam is posted in the electronic classroom under “Tests & Quizzes.”

NameGrade %
Introduction Forum, Week 1 1.00 %
Introduction Forum 1.00 %
Forums 65.00 %
Week 1 5.00 %
Week 2 5.00 %
Week 3, #1 5.00 %
Week 3, #2 5.00 %
Week 3, #3 5.00 %
Week 4, #1 5.00 %
Week 4, #2 5.00 %
Week 5 5.00 %
Week 6, #1 5.00 %
Week 6, #2 5.00 %
Week 7, #1 5.00 %
Week 7, #2 5.00 %
Week 8 5.00 %
Supreme Court Essay, Week 7 14.00 %
Week 7 - Supreme Court Essay 14.00 %
Final Exam 20.00 %
Final Exam 2020 20.00 %
Unassigned 0.00 %
Final Exam 2019 0.00 %

Note that this course does not have a textbook or ebook. All of the material, required reading, for this course is found in the Lessons section of the classrom.

Book Title:Bluebook: Uniform System of Citation, 20th ed. - - e-book available online, please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Publication Info:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Author:Harvard, Columbia Law Review
Unit Cost:$41.30
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.