Constitution Class Videos
These video lectures are part of an online course called Introduction to Key Constitutional Concepts and Supreme Court Cases, which is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Law professor Kermit Roosevelt III is the lecturer for the eight-week course. The online course is currently not in session. These individual lectures also can be used to supplement your curriculum on the Constitution.

Class topics: Federalism and What the Constitution
Created with Articles I-VII. (11 min)

Class topics: What is Congress? What are its powers?
What is separation of powers? (12 min)

Class topics: What does the president do? How has
presidential power expanded? (11 min)

Class topics: What does the Supreme Court do? What
does independent judiciary mean? (9 min)

Class topics: Why didn't the original Constitution have a bill of rights? Who are the Federalists and Anti-Federalists? How did the framers try to protect individuals' rights? (9 min)

Class topics: How is the First Amendment applied?
What counts as speech? What speech rights to public
school students have? (11 min)

Class topics: What is the purpose of the Fourth Amendment? What is the exclusionary rule? How has the digital age affected privacy? (8 min)

Class topics: What is the right to remain silent? What
does the Miranda warning do? (9 min)

Class topics: What is the purpose of the Sixth Amendment? What rights are guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment?(10 min)

Class topics: Why do we have the Second Amendment?
How do two Supreme Court cases address the right to
bear arms? (11 min)

Class topics: What are presidential war powers? Do 
noncitizen detainees have constitutional rights? What
are the rights of American detainees? What are the
lessons of the Korematsu case? (13 min)

Class topics: What is the commerce power? What did 
the Supreme Court say in National Federation of
Independent Businesses v. Sebelius
? (13 min)

The Civil War and Reconstruction
Class topics: Why was the Civil War fought? How did Reconstruction change the relationship between among federal government, the states and the people? (11:10 min)

Reconstruction Amendments
Class topics: How is the Civil War built into the Constitution? What are the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments? (9:30 min)


Equal Protection: What is Discrimination?
Class topics: What is the purpose of the equal protection clause? What did Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education say? What are two ways of understanding the clause? (11:25 min)