Seth W Greenfest
Cases and literature bearing on protection of constitutionally guaranteed private rights, with particular reference to the period since 1937. Offered: jointly with POL S 361.
This is a course on civil rights and civil liberties in the American constitutional system. The readings for the course are excerpts from the Supreme Courtís written opinions in several important areas of constitutional law. The primary goal of the class is to help students understand how legal and political processes have shaped protections for civil rights and civil liberties in the United States.
We will discover that the constitutional protections given to core rights have changed over time and remain the subject of continuous negotiation.
The course is designed for students with an interest in American political and legal institutions, legal processes, American political history, or the role of courts in society. No prior knowledge of constitutional law is presumed.
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