TPOL S 361
Cases and literature bearing on protection of constitutionally guaranteed private rights, with particular reference to the period since 1937.
The structure of the U.S. Supreme Court, and how its justices interpret the Constitution in crafting law. We will pay close attention to tension between two civil liberties: religious freedom, and rights for homosexuals (esp. same-sex marriage). In this way, we see how the U.S. courts affect civil liberties in the United States.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lecture blended with active discussion; occasional small group activities.
Class assignments and grading
Take-home midterm essay; final examination; research project on one civil liberties case.