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Daniel Bennett
TPOL S 361
Tacoma Campus

United States Courts and Civil Liberty

Cases and literature bearing on protection of constitutionally guaranteed private rights, with particular reference to the period since 1937.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Take-home midterm essay; final examination; research project on one civil liberties case.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Daniel Bennett
Date: 01/27/2014