We the People Open Course

Lesson Duration

From the Center for Civic Education

“This course takes you from the philosophical foundations of the U.S. Constitution through the modern interpretation and application of its ideals. You will find videos of noted scholars explaining key aspects of the Constitution and online exercises to check for understanding. The course follows the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution Level 3 textbook, which has been used throughout the country to further understanding of our government and its fundamental principles.

This is a free, self-paced course. It contains six units of instruction with multiple lessons in each unit. You can complete the course at your own pace and in your own time.”


  • The philosophical and historical foundations of the American political system
  • The creation of the U.S. Constitution
  • The Bill of Rights and other amendments to the Constitution
  • The role of federalism and the branches of government
  • The rights protected by the Bill of Rights
  • Challenges facing American constitutional democracy in the twenty-first century

Suggested pacing: 6 weeks at about 6 to 8 hours per week.



The Center for Civic Education is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to developing an enlightened citizenry by working to increase understanding of the principles, values, institutions, and history of constitutional democracy among teachers, students, and the general public.