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The Supreme Court, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights

A photo of the United States Supreme Court building.

United States Supreme Court. (Image courtesy of Andrew Morton on Flickr.)


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As Taught In

Fall 2006



Course Features

Course Description

This course introduces students to the work of the Supreme Court and to the main outlines of American constitutional law, with an emphasis on the development of American ideas about civil rights. The goal of the course is to provide students with a framework for understanding the major constitutional controversies of the present day through a reading of landmark Supreme Court cases and the public debates they have generated. The principal topics are civil liberties in wartime, race relations, privacy rights, and the law of criminal procedure.

Archived Versions

Ghachem, Malick. 17.245 The Supreme Court, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights, Fall 2006. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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