York Community High School

Constitutional Law Honors

#0189 Constitutional Law Honors

Grades 11-12 / 1 Semester High Weighted Course – 1.0 credit

Prerequisite: A/B average in all previous high school work or Social Studies teacher recommendation. This course will examine legal ideas, legal reasoning and the legal process. Constitutional law will be the cornerstones of the class. Students will write briefs and analyze cases, an essential skill for anyone interested in the legal profession.

This course will study the fundamental basis of the American legal system: the United States Constitution. We will study the tenets of American constitutional law as well as the historical and current debates about the scope and meaning of the Constitution in relation to the Supreme Court's role in the governing of the United States. Supreme Court decisions will be analyzed with consideration for the historic context, past interpretation, and court’s overall consistency in following prior precedent. Students will be able to look at current Supreme Court cases from an analytical standpoint and formulate reasoned hypotheses on how the court will rule in current cases while considering its ideological makeup.

Teachers who teach Constitutional Law Honors:

Dowdy, Kenneth (630) 617-2400 ex.7331 AP U.S. Government and Politics, American Government & Constitutional Law