This course offers an introduction to the U.S. Constitution and landmark Supreme Court cases interpreting it. It explores the Constitution’s origins, its amendment over the years, and methods of constitutional interpretation. Topics include the nature and structure of the federal government, the powers of the federal government, and individual rights.
I completed this course (see below) in November 2015. I highly recommend this course, especially when our Republic is in peril. Understanding our U.S. Constitution can help us negotiate challenging decisions in our personal/public lives.
Statement of Accomplishment WITH DISTINCTION NOVEMBER 23, 2015 PAUL ANDREW LANGAN HAS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA’S ONLINE OFFERING OF Introduction to Key Constitutional Concepts and Supreme Court Cases This course provides a basic understanding of key principles in the Constitution. Lecture topics cover the creation of the Constitution, the amendments, what the rights enshrined in the Constitution mean in Americans’ daily lives, and landmark Supreme Court Cases.
Aug 6, 2021
This course was very helpful and informative. I enjoyed the information and the knowledge I retained. I believe this course would educate an individual (Layman) not knowledgeable in the legal profession.
Dec 30, 2016
In my search for a good class to help me lay a better foundation for my constitutional understanding I had originally enrolled in Yale’s The Written Constitution. The professor was incredibly knowledgeable and delved deep into constitutional principles, but was incredibly difficult to follow because his course had no structure, slides, or outline. I dropped that course because of the professor’s long, tangent, and filler-word-filled lectures. However, I hadn’t abandoned my search for a solid class teaching Constitutional concepts. What I found was this course provided by the University of Pennsylvania.
Professor Roosevelt provides interesting content and a higher-level overview of the Constitution and important Supreme Court cases. The lectures follow a very good structure, introducing topics, and key points and then reviewing them at the end of each lecture. There are also videos, animations, and interviews that break up the monotony of the lecture so you’re not just listening to a talking head ramble for 20 minutes at a time. I’ve only completed the first week. However, I can say without a doubt that this was the course on the Constitution I was looking for.
By Entendendo D
Dec 9, 2018
Excellent course. I am very happy with this opportunity. The classes were clear and easy to understand. Congratulations to Coursera for this incredible partnership with the University of Pennsylvania for the promotion of Constitutional Law.
By Sridhar J
Jul 22, 2017
Professor does a great job of explaining the complexities. He does not take any partisan stand and does a great job and giving prominence to all sides of the argument. Enjoyed the course thoroughly