Three CreditsJody Prescott, adjunct professor802.399.8613, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.orgJune 17 – July 11, 2012; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 5:00-8:45 PMRm. 534, Old Mill
Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties
examines what I believe is the mostinteresting part of the Constitution: the Bill of Rights and subsequent amendments dealing withpersonal freedoms and rights. Using discussion and analysis of landmark U.S. Supreme Courtcases in particular, this course will cover the freedom of expression and religion, criminal lawprotections, rights of privacy and equal protection, and the right to bear arms. This course isparticularly suited to the non political science major who is interested in knowing more abouthow civil liberties are protected in our system of government, but who may not have abackground in political science or law classes.
Using lecture only to set the basis for discussion and analysis of the cases we study, mygoal is for all students to contribute to the discussion of our essential constitutional rights,confident that everyone’s opinions and beliefs will be both respected and used as a springboardfor gaining a deeper understanding of how constitutional questions are decided. If you are awareof a particular case that you believe is in our interest to discuss, but it is not in the readings,please bring it to my attention.
Above just awareness of the constitutional foundations of the rights weenjoy as U.S. citizens and residents, I intent for you after this class is that you be able to applycompeting schools of constitutional thought and theory in analysis of cases, and how to criticallyisolate the relevant facts and issues for use in this analysis.
II. General Course Information
I expect students to come to class prepared to discuss the readings and caseslisted in the outline below, and to participate regularly in class discussions on the assignedreadings. The class will not work without this level of engagement on your part.
I expect regular attendance and thoughtful participation in classfrom each of you. I will take attendance at the beginning of each nightly session. Missing oneevening of class is equivalent to missing almost four days in a regular semester course. Someabsences are unavoidable, because emergencies always come up that you must handle. Becauseof the pace of the class, there really is no way to make up missed classes and the discussion thatwent on in them. If you must miss class, please notify me in advance.
Contributions in Class:
Constitutional civil liberties often feature in controversial political andsocial issues. In the classroom, they lend themselves to interesting discussion that often makesus view our beliefs and preconceptions from a different perspective, even if we don’t agree with