Theresa J. Squatrito
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 course examines civil rights and civil liberties in the American constitutional system. The course looks at how processes of Supreme Court decision-making and constitutional interpretation have shaped legal protections for individual rights in American society. The readings for the course are excerpts from Supreme Court opinions in several important areas of constitutional law. Some of the civil rights issues that will be explored in this course are: freedom of speech, privacy, discrimination, abortion and more.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Case by case analysis of US Supreme Court jurisprudence and general introduction to US Supreme Court processes and concepts, using lecture, discussion, and brief writing.
Class assignments and grading
Midterm Exam 20% Papers 30% Final Exam 30% Quiz Section Participation/Assignments 20%