The Courts and Civil Rights

General

Prefix

POL

Course Number

492

Course Level

Undergraduate

Department/Unit(s)

College/School

College of Liberal Arts

Description

Supreme Court decisions concerning individual rights and liberties, particularly those found in the First Amendment. Supreme Court decisions concerning discrimination, speech, religion, search and seizure, counsel and other individual rights.

Credits

Min

3

Max

3

Repeatable

No

Goals and Diversity

Learning Outcomes

Outcome

Assess the Supreme Court's role in creating First Amendment law, focusing on the religion clauses and the free speech clause.

Outcome

Argue both (all) sides of controversial civil rights issues equally well through oral arguments and written assignments.

Outcome

Differentiate between constitutional and unconstitutional restrictions on civil rights, and particularly on the free exercise of religion and the freedom of speech.

Outcome

Assess the strengths and weaknesses of justices' opinion across a variety of civil rights cases.

Dependencies

Programs

POL492 is a completion requirement for: