17.245 The Supreme Court, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights, Fall 2006
The Supreme Court, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights
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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.
Supreme Court, Congress, constitutional law, racial profiling, wartime, affirmative action, constitutionality, civil rights, civil liberties, roe, wade, economic liberties, desegregation, gender discrimination, gay marriage, sexual orientation, fundamental rights, federalism, separation of powers, supreme court cases, marbury, madison, mccullough, maryland, bush, gore, dred scott, sanford, brown, board of education, equal protection of the laws, immigration, welfare, Eighth Amendment, First Amendment, poverty, criminal procedure, World War II, Korean War, post 9/11 america, judicial review, religion, citizenship