POLS-Y 305 CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES (3 CR.)
Extent and limits of constitutional rights; selected Supreme Court decisions interpreting American constitutional system.
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Regular Academic Session / Distance Synchronous Video
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- COLL (CASE) S&H Breadth of Inq
- COLL (CASE) S&H Breadth of Inquiry credit
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This course examines the moral foundations and political justifications of controversial claims about civil rights and liberties. What does it mean to claim that we have civil rights against the government? How can we demonstrate that we have those rights? What are we supposed to do when our rights seem to conflict with what the majority wants? What are we supposed to do when our rights seem to conflict with other rights? To answer these questions, we will study the foundations of rights in political, legal, and constitutional theory. We will then see how well these arguments do/not help us defend rights in landmark cases about topics such as free speech, pornography, free exercise of religion, public funding of religious schools, abortion, affirmative action, and LGBTQ rights. In addition to these landmark cases, we will conduct three simulations (e.g., legislative hearings, moot courts) in which students will be expected to construct and defend their own arguments about ¿live¿ cases, i.e., cases that have been brought before the courts but have not yet been decided. This course will involve a lot of writing. There will be one take-home assessment and three essays. In addition, students will need to write a one-page ¿case briefs¿ on each of the assigned legal cases. Students need not have taken Y304 to enroll in Y305.