Academy of Lifelong Learning

BASIC INTRODUCTION TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION, PART I

BASIC INTRODUCTION TO THE U.S. CONSTITUTION, PART I

Social Science

Conway Gregory

 

Conway Gregory

 


Mondays, January 28 – March 4 (six weeks) 4:15 – 5:30 pm
Lecture/Discussion

 

Since it’s ratification, the U.S. Constitution has provided a stable frame- work of government for a dynamic, growing, and consistently evolving society. Unfortunately, for decades historians and political scientists have lamented about the lack of basic knowledge many college graduates have about the U.S. Constitution. In a recent survey, 47% of college graduates did not know that U.S. Senators are elected to six year terms and U.S. Representatives are elected to two year terms. This course will explore, in two parts, the underly- ing principles of the U.S. Constitution. Part I topics for discussion include what the Founders hoped to create when constructing the Constitution, and a review of the basic principles and clauses found in the Preamble and the seven Articles of the Constitution. This should provide participants with a better understanding about the nature, structure and power of the federal government and its relationship with the 50 state governments. Participants should bring a copy of the U.S. Constitution to each class.

CONWAY GREGORY is a retired educator and municipal manager. He taught history and political science courses at Dalton State College and Chesapeake College for 30 years and was Town Manager of a Delaware municipality for five years. Since 2016, he has taught three courses about Presidential campaigns and the Vice-Presidency as well as being one of five instructors sharing a course about their Revolutionary War ancestors in the WC-ALL program.