POL 307 The Constitutional Convention

This course examines the political thought of the US founding, with a special focus on the Constitutional Convention. The course begins with examining the political foundations for the era, and then explores the political theory of individual American thinkers of the day, such as James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams. The focus then shifts to the convention itself where the Constitution was drafted, examining the various issues, factions, and debates. This section of the course will involve a month-long simulation of the convention, with students playing various roles of the participants. The course concludes with an investigation into the ratification of the Constitution, and an appraisal of some modern frameworks using the Constitution, such as originalism. Prerequisite: POL 120 or permission of the instructor.




POL 120; or permission of the instructor