What Can You Learn at Hillsdale College's Constitution Class?


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The online Constitution 101 class offered by Hillsdale College is an introductory teaching of the meaning and history of the United States Constitution. It examines various original source documents from the founding period.

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Original source documents studied in the Constitution 101 class include The Declaration of Independence and The Federalist Papers. Additionally, this course considers some of the major challenges to the Founder's Constitution such as the institution of slavery and the rise of the progressive movement. The Constitution 101 class is taught by the Hillsdale College Politics faculty, as of 2015.

In addition to the online Constitution 101 course, Hillsdale College offers an online course on the Presidency and the Constitution. This course is offered for free and is a 10 week, not-for-credit class. The Presidency and the Constitution course aims at helping students understand the function and structure of the American constitutional order of executive power. It is also taught by the Hillsdale College political science staff.

The first part of the course teaches the role of the president in the constitutionalism of the Founding Fathers. It also analyzes how, with the rise of the modern Progressive administrative state, that role is changing. Additional online courses offered by Hillsdale College include Great Books 101: Ancient to Medieval, Great Books 102: Renaissance to Modern and Economics 101: The Principles of Free Market Economics.

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