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Fall 2021

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POS105 - Rights, Liberties, and Justice

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Examines the role of the U.S. Supreme Court as guardian and interpreter of the Constitution. Situates landmark cases within their historical and political context, and builds the critical thinking skills necessary for students to reflect on the significance of the Court's rulings for their own lives.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon the successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1. Explain the rights specified in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
2. Trace the historical development of the U.S. Supreme Court.
3. Access the full-text of a Supreme Court opinion (print and digital) given a citation of the case.
4. Summarize a Supreme Court opinion in the form of a brief.
5. Analyze a selected Supreme Court case using different interpretive modes (originalism, textualism, precedent, doctrinalism, structuralism, etc.).
6. Discuss Supreme Court cases in any of the major areas of constitutional law (economic rights and American capitalism, capitalism, freedom of speech, freedom from and of religion, rights of the criminally accused, privacy rights, and equal protection rights).


Effective Term: Fall 2019