Understanding America’s Constitutional Government: The Declaration of Independence, The Revolutionary War, the Constitution and the current struggle to maintain the purposes of the Founding Fathers
This course can be taken as a full year or by semester and will be a combination of History and Political Science.
The first semester will focus on the issues leading up to and including the Revolutionary War, the political theory behind the Declaration of Independence, and the process of the Constitution’s creation and the kind of government the Founding Fathers intended.
The second semester will focus on the specifics of our Constitution and the Convention that created it and the current struggle to maintain constitutional integrity and the progressive interpretation that has been growing in the last 100 years. Note: if you want to understand the current battles in the courts and why decisions made differ so greatly between courts (and what the two sides on the Supreme Court are), this second semester is for you.
There will be a deep development of the concepts that caused the Revolutionary War, the rational behind the writing of the Constitution, and the current crisis in America between the “Constitutionalists” and the “Progressives.”
While we will use game playing and role playing to help understand concepts, the student will be expected to handle adult level reading materials – as most of the readings will be from actual documents of those involved in our governments creation.
Prerequisites: This course will require significant reading and some essay writing. While a younger high school student may be okay with the content, it is recommended that the student have a familiarity with classical thinking and the ability to grasp complex concepts.
Live Online Class: Thursday’s at 1pm ET (90 minutes)
Grade Level: High School
Student Class Size: Minimum: 8 Maximum: 30
Schedule: FALL SEMESTER | Start: 8/23 End 12/13 | LumaLearn standard schedule here