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Constitutional Law for a Changing America
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Constitutional Law for a Changing America
A Short Course

Eighth Edition
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September 2020 | 816 pages | CQ Press
“Excellent balance of case excerpts and author explanation, highly appropriate for undergraduate students.”
—Dr. Wendy Brame, Briar Cliff University

Political factors influence judicial decisions. Arguments and input from lawyers and interest groups, the ebb and flow of public opinion, and especially the ideological and behavioral inclinations of the justices all combine to shape the development of constitutional doctrine. Drawing on political science as much as from legal studies, Constitutional Law for a Changing America: A Short Course helps students realize that Supreme Court cases are more than just legal names and citations. With meticulous revising, the authors streamline material while accounting for recent landmark cases and new scholarship.

Ideal for a one semester course, the Eighth Edition of A Short Course offers all the hallmarks of the Rights and Powers volumes in a more condensed format. Students and instructors benefit from the online Con Law Resource Center which houses the supplemental case archive, links to CQ Press reference materials, a moot court simulation, instructor resources, and more.

Attention Instructors! Use the following bundle ISBN to ensure your students have FREE access to the regularly updated resource center featuring over 100 excerpted cases.

Get FREE access to online resources—use bundle ISBN: 978-1-0718-3225-7
 
PART I: The U.S. Constitution
 
Chapter 1: The Living Constitution
 
Chapter 2: Understanding the U.S. Supreme Court
 
Part II: Institutional Authority
 
Chapter 3: The Judiciary
 
Chapter 4: The Legislature
 
Chapter 5: The Executive
 
Part III: Nation-State Relations
 
Chapter 6: Federalism
 
Chapter 7: The Commerce Power
 
Chapter 8: The Power to Tax and Spend
 
Part IV: Economic Liberties
 
Chapter 9: The Contract Clause
 
Chapter 10: Economic Substantive Due Process
 
Chapter 11: The Takings Clause
 
Part V: Civil Liberties
 
Chapter 12: Religion: Exercise and Establishment
 
Chapter 13: Freedom of Speech, Assembly, and Association
 
Chapter 14: Freedom of the Press
 
Chapter 15: The Right to Keep and Bear Arms
 
Chapter 16: The Right to Privacy
 
Part VI: The Rights of the Criminally Accused
 
Chapter 17: Investigations and Evidence
 
Chapter 18: Attorneys, Trials, and Punishments
 
Part VII: Civil Rights
 
Chapter 19: Discrimination
 
Chapter 20: Voting and Representation

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Instructor Resource Center
edge.sagepub.com/conlaw

Take your constitutional law class beyond the book with the regularly updated SAGE Edge Con Law Resource Center, featuring more than 100 excerpted, supplemental cases referenced in the commentary of the Constitutional Law for a Changing America volumes. The authors have excerpted each case in the same format as those in the text, featuring the justices’ votes, a summary of case facts, and a carefully edited version of the justices’ opinions.

SAGE Edge for instructors supports your teaching by making it easy to integrate quality content and create a rich learning environment for students with:
  • a password-protected site for complete and protected access to all text-specific instructor resources;  
  • test banks that you can also easily edit and/or insert your own personalized questions;
  • editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides that offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for your course; and
  • table and figure files for use in your course.
Student Resource Center
  • The Constitutional Law for a Changing America Resource Center features more than 500 supplemental cases that are mentioned or referenced in the text’s commentary. The authors have excerpted each case in the same format as those in the text, featuring the justices’ votes, a summary of case facts, and a carefully edited version of the justices’ opinions. The authors continue to post recent cases as soon as each Supreme Court term ends, making this the most up-to-date resource of its kind. 
  • Mobile-friendly practice quizzes allow students to independently assess their own mastery of course material.
  • Mobile-friendly court case quizzes allow students to check their understanding of key facts on the court cases covered in the book.

“Excellent balance of case excerpts and author explanation, highly appropriate for undergraduate students.”

Dr. Wendy Brame
Briar Cliff University

“This textbook achieves the difficult task of being both accessible and thorough.”

Eric Schwartz
Hagerstown Community College

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