I love posting guest articles on my website, and this one is a treasure. Thanks to Mariana Ashley for submitting this piece on where to go to educate yourself about the only document in the brutal history of mankind that guarantees your freedom. Every American should have more than just a passing knowledge of this document for which hundreds of thousands have given their lives. If you would like to listen to my reading of Elizabeth Claire’s translation of the Constitution into simple English, click here.
5 Free Online Courses for a Deeper Look at the Constitution by Mariana Ashley
You may think you learned everything you really needed to know about the Constitution of the United States in high school or college. After all, the Constitution was written centuries ago, and it can be difficult to really feel the impacts of this document in our everyday lives. However, there is a huge difference between memorizing the Bill of Rights in high school and really doing the work of poring over the written Constitution as an adult. As soon as we do, we can see immediately how these laws affect everything about our lives. We also begin to see the huge importance of this single document and why it is imperative to understand, as U.S. citizens, what it means and what we believe about how it should be interpreted in the modern world.
If you feel you could use some brushing up on our founding document, look no further than your nearest laptop. Many different organizations, including some of the best academic institutions in the country, offer information and coursework about the Constitution online, completely free of charge.
Check out this roundup of some of the best free online courses for a deeper look at the Constitution:
This is a 10-week complete college course offered by Hillsdale College. Students can watch lectures by real faculty members, read assigned texts, submit to weekly Q&A sessions with faculty, take tests, and access study guides.
This is a free online course in Constitutional Foundations offered by the Montpelier Center for the Constitution. Students explore the written text of the constitution, its language, and what the Constitution says about Congress, the President, the Supreme Court, States, Ratification and Amendment, and People.
This course, offered as part of the MIT Open Courseware database, takes a look at how the Constitution affects law and society in the United States. It covers the role and decisions of the Supreme Court and covers the concepts of liberty, equality, and property.
Harvard Law School provides all web users with access to a wide variety of lectures, symposia, panels and conferences in the worm of Webcasts. Sit front row as some of the world’s most proficient minds delve into all areas of Constitutional Law.
5. North Carolina Wesleyan College U.S. Constitution
This U.S. Constitution course is offered by North Carolina Wesleyan College and provides an overview of the framing of the U.S. Constitution and how laws have been enacted as a result. Students can access online lectures and original class notes.