Core objective #8: Constitution

Silver Vein II: Primary areas of focused inquiry

Brief description of learning objective: Students will demonstrate familiarity with the origins, history, and essential elements of the Constitutions of the United States and Nevada, as well as the evolution of American institutions and ideals.

Standards or Requirements for Verification

This objective may be satisfied by courses offered in various departments and programs (e.g., Core Humanities, Criminal Justice, History, Political Science, Philosophy) provided they meet the standards below. Where appropriate, majors are encouraged to develop this objective within their courses, and if possible to integrate this objective into the Core Capstone course.

This objective aims to ensure that students learn about the core principles embodied in the United States and Nevada Constitutions along with the central ideas, debates, policies, and structures that have shaped the United States. Courses satisfying this outcome may examine various aspects of American history, politics, society, and culture, provided they include some meaningful study of the Constitutions.

Courses satisfying this Core Objective will meet the expectations for the Core Constitution requirement and should:

  1. Include the Core Objective, together with its brief description, on the course syllabus in its original form.
  2. Include 1 or more student learning outcomes addressing this Core Objective on the course syllabus, along with other student learning outcomes appropriate to the course.
  3. Identify in the course syllabus the teaching techniques and student experiences that will help students acquire the competencies described in the Core Objective.
  4. Assess whether students have acquired the competency described in the student learning outcomes and use methods for collecting and analyzing data that can be reported to the Core Curriculum Board.

Some examples of approved student learning outcomes and assessment methods are listed later in this document. Faculty may incorporate 1 or more of the examples from this list or propose their own student learning outcomes and methods of assessing the objective.

Suggested student learning outcomes and assessment methods

Faculty may incorporate one or more of the examples from this list or propose their own student learning outcomes and methods of assessing the objective.