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F16B7 The Constitutuion and the 2016 Presidential Election

Constitutional interpretation has always been contentious throughout American history and the 2016 Presidential election cycle is no exception. Questions pertaining to "original" intent and powers conferred upon participants and institutions within the body politic remain controversial and are often beset by expressions of ideological dissonance and confrontational partisanship. "Freedom," "Liberty," the rule of law, governmental limits, and the Bill of Rights represent just some of the issues being debated. With America experiencing significant political, economic, social, and cultural challenges, it is not surprising that these issues have crystallized during the current campaign. Given that, this course proposes to explore the potential impact of the 2016 election on future constitutional understanding. Course format is discussion in which civil discourse is expected.

Instructor: David K. McQuilkin taught history and political science in various colleges and universities for more than 41 years. He is currently a Bridgewater College emeritus professor, having chaired the Department of History and Political Science for 13 years and served as a faculty member for 24 years. In retirement, he remains active through presentation of Lifelong Learning courses, writing book reviews, and periodically serving as a political analyst for WHSV.

Suggested Reading: All materials (journals and newspapers) for the course are readily available and can be obtained at no expense from any local, college, or university library. Some may have personal subscriptions to the publications intended for course use. A complete list for both will be available at the initial class meeting.

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Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.

For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at LLI@jmu.edu or 540/568.2923.

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